Easy Fruitcake recipe

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Last Updated on November 29, 2020

This all natural easy fruitcake recipe is made with dried fruit, lemon zest and spices and make the perfect holiday cake!

Show a cooked fruitcake with a slice of fruitcake in the background for this easy fruitcake recipe

I remember years ago I watched a tv show sharing about these monks who made a special fruitcake recipes that had been made for hundreds of years for Christmas.

I was hooked and I needed to buy it. Growing up we never ate fruitcake. The only holiday recipe my mother brought out with any regularity was pecan pie.  

Any how, the internet was in it’s infancy when I watched this TV show, so I did the best I could and found a small convent in Oregon that also sold a special fruitcake recipe.

I ordered it and, well, I was a bit dismayed when I took a look at the ingredient list.  Corn syrup was number one on the ingredient list.

Ugg.  Then there was a bunch of other ingredients that turned my smile upside down.  I had just spent $50 on fruitcake so, yeah, I wasn’t too happy.

That day made me realize that I needed to make something and it took me several years to finally get this paleo  fruitcake recipe right but it is CRAZY good.

Why I love this Easy Fruitcake Recipe

  • It’s made with all natural ingredients and no artificial, chemical filled food products.
  • It’s the perfect holiday cake recipe
  • It uses coconut flour as an ingredient. 

I know first hand that you might want to play with the recipe and swap ingredients for different ones.  Here are some common questions:

Can I substitute regular raisins for the golden raisins? 

Yes, you can substitute this as well as make changes to the other dried fruit in the recipe.  Just make sure to use equal quantities. 

Can I use orange zest instead of lemon zest?

Yes, you could even go a little wild in the kitchen and use lime zest. 

Can I substitute tapioca flour or cornstarch for the arrowroot in this easy fruitcake recipe?

Yes and no.  If you have more information about how these flours are different check out my post on tapioca flour vs arrowroot flour. 

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Yield: 12

Easy Fruitcake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This all natural Gluten free Fruitcake recipe uses dried fruit, lemon zest and spices for a perfect holiday treat!


  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and grease your baking pan. I use a non-stick angel food cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl add the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until well blended. Add in the nuts, fruit and lemon zest, eggs and maple syrup.
  3. Mix with a spoon until well combined and blended. Pour into your pan and lightly pat down.
  4. Place in your oven and bake for 1 hour and remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 5gSugar: 29gProtein: 7g

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