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Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars

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These Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars unite the elements of Southern Hummingbird Cake such as: pecans, pineapples and bananas into some delicious bars that pair beautifully with Francis Ford Coppola’s canned Pinot Grigio for a snack, after-dinner treat, or even a picnic!

Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars and Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Grigio

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the United Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California. I wish I could say I was there to taste ALL the wine, alas, I cannot. However, I was there as one of three panelists for a panel on Influencer Marketing, which was the brainchild of the delightful Jennifer Leitman from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, who was our moderator. The panel also included Kim Harris from Collective Bias (the largest influencer-generated, content marketing network) and Bri Stickland from Southwest Airlines.

Easy Tasty Hummingbird Bars

Now, months prior to my trip, I conjured up the assumption that being on this panel only involved submitting a few points on influencer marketing from my viewpoint as an influencer. At Jennifer’s request, I submitted a few talking points that she turned into an effective powerpoint presentation, along with several points from Kim (as the spokesperson for the influencer marketing network) and Bri (the brand). Then, closer to the trip, I was informed that being on the panel would also involve speaking – actual speaking in public! To a roomful of strangers! EGAD! The last time I spoke in public, to a roomful of strangers was back during Public Speaking 101 in college! And that, my friends, was a long, long, time ago! Besides, I went to art school so a roomful of “strangers” was really a roomful of fellow art nerds! I guess I’m probably the only one who would assume that being on any panel would involve sitting there and silently surveying the room. EGAD! I even wondered if I could pull out of this trip at the very last minute… but my guilty conscience wouldn’t let me. So, with sweatier-than-usual palms, I hopped a plane to Sacramento!

Hummingbird Breakfast Bars

Now, I wish I could give you a play by play of what happened when it was time for our panel to take the stage. Yes, there was a stage and microphones and no wine, which means no one had a buzz on, which meant everyone would be paying attention to what was being said – EGAD! But, y’all, that whole hour and a half was pretty much a blur! Fortunately, other than this one picture by Devin Parr, I haven’t seen any evidence of my time up on that stage. Phew!

Francis Ford Coppola Wines

Shortly after I got back home and was trying to recover from “making a goose of myself” as my mom likes to say, I received an incredibly thoughtful package in the mail from Jennifer Leitman and the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Prior to our panel taking center stage, we had gotten into a discussion on canned wines and I had mentioned that while I could find cans of Francis Ford Coppola’s Blanc de Blancs (the cans are pretty handy on picnics or concerts or watching fireworks at Stone Mountain), I had a hard time finding cans of the Rosé at stores here in Georgia! Well, in the package was a 4-pack of the Rosé and a 4-pack of the Pinot Grigio! I had just whipped up these Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars you see here and figured I would try the each of the wines with these bars. Well, Francis Ford Coppola’s Pinot Grigio paired so incredibly well with these picnic-friendly, snackalicious, Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars, that I figured I’d write this post!

Easy Hummingbird Bars
Picnic with Hummingbird Bars and Pinot Grigio

These Hummingbird Cake Bars (like these Hummingbird Cookies I made awhile back) have the elements of Southern Hummingbird Cake – which was first introduced to me by a friend and coworker when she whipped one up for my birthday, many moons ago. These bars are firmer than the cake but not as firm as the cookies were. Hummingbird Cake unites some of my favorite flavors and while I cannot justify eating Hummingbird Cake everyday (though I’d LOVE to), I can justify eating some form of the combo of ingredients, most days (helloooo Hummingbird waffles and pancakes and bars). So, if you happen to have a can of crushed pineapple, some pecans and some ripe bananas hanging out in your kitchen, you might not even need to make a trip to the grocery store to whip up these – and I sure hope you do whip up these!

It’s warming up nicely here in Georgia – which means picnic time is right around the corner and you bet I’ll be packing some of these Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars and a few packs of Francis Ford Coppola’s Pinot Grigio to accompany them! Happy FriYAY, y’all! I hope y’all have a wonderfully delicious weekend!

Disclosure: While my trip to the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium was sponsored by the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, this blog post is not sponsored by them or the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. I enjoy quite a few varietals of Francis Ford Coppola’s Wine and decided to include it in a post that would express my sentiments best.

 

Easy Hummingbird Bars

Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars

Yield: 15 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

The classics that make up Hummingbird cake: such as pineapples, pecans and bananas, unite in these delicious yet Easy Hummingbird Cake Bars - which make one heck of a delicious snack or dessert, anytime of the day!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 4 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple (very well drained)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 C)
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon. 
  3. Add in the beaten eggs and oil, stirring with a spoon/spatula (do not use an electric mixer). Add in the vanilla and mashed bananas, pecans and pineapple and mix with the spatula. 
  4. Line a 9x13 inch baking tray with parchment paper. Then, pour/spoon the batter into it. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Insert a toothpick to make sure the center is done. Let cool completely and cut into 15 pieces. Enjoy as is or you can dust with powdered sugar or smear with a cream cheese frosting!
Nutrition Information
Yield 15
Amount Per Serving Calories 217Saturated Fat 4gCholesterol 21mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 19gProtein 3g

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allie

Monday 26th of February 2018

SHASHI!!! You smarty pants on that panel! GOOD FOR YOU! Wish I could have seen/heard you in action. I know you did a great job. I have never heard of pinot in cans and I like what I'm hearing. So convenient for picnics or catering I would think. Your hummingbird cake looks extra delish. I like you used coconut oil. That is my go to these days. Have a fabulous week, happy Monday my friend. xoxo

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Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Those big chunks of pecan nuts in these easy hummingbird cake bars sure do look inviting Shashi! Congratulations on doing your public speaking, and without a glass of wine either! (I would have needed several!). Also that's great your weather is turning warmer but it's the opposite here so I'll be glad when it does turn warmer so I can get out on picnics with these delicious looking bars!

David @ Spiced

Sunday 18th of February 2018

What a fun trip! And I'm sure you did a great job...forget all that talk about making a goose of yourself. I would've loved to see your talk for sure. But I might have required you to bring a batch of these hummingbird cake bars, too. I love hummingbird cake! It's such a silly name, but the cake is seriously delicious! What a fun idea to turn this classic into bars for taking to summer picnics...along with cans of wine. Delicious! We've still got a few months before picnic season, but I'll be thinking about these bars until then!

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Friday 16th of February 2018

These cake bars look very moist and inviting with pecans!