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Buttermilk Banana Bread

Buttermilk Banana Bread

I am always trying to find new uses for brown bananas and buttermilk. I always seem to have an abundance of these two ingredients. Josh doesn’t like bananas, but I still buy them in large bunches. I have good intentions to eat them, but they always turn on me too quickly. I also buy the large container of buttermilk because it is a better deal. I usually use the little bit I bought it for and wait until it is about to expire, then everything we eat involves buttermilk. Last week I was thinking of ways to use up bananas and buttermilk and decided to bake Buttermilk Banana Bread.

Buttermilk and bananas are meant to be friends. They team up in this recipe to create a very moist loaf of bread. This banana bread is light in flavor and color. It reminds me of a very moist banana pound cake because of the rich, buttery crumb. I made a medium size loaf and a mini loaf. We sampled the mini loaf and gave away the large loaf to our friends.  I knew we would want to sample it, so I figured it would be better to have our own loaf than to give away a loaf with a few missing slices:)

If you are pondering what to do with the overripe bananas on your counter and the buttermilk in your refrigerator, make Buttermilk Banana Bread. Your house will fill with a wonderful aroma and you will have a tasty snack or breakfast to eat.

Buttermilk Banana Bread

Cook Time: 50-55 minutes


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium sized bananas)
4 tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda


1. Grease and flour 1 large loaf pan (9 1/4 X 5 1/4-inch) or whatever combination of pans you’d like. I used a mini loaf pan and a 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 loaf pan. You can also make banana muffins with this recipe, if you wish. Set pans aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla until the batter is well mixed.

3. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Mix until well combined. Divide batter into greased and floured pans and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Let bread cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen the bread with a knife and carefully remove from pan. Finish cooling on rack. Slice and serve once cooled.

Recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

If you like this Buttermilk Banana Bread, you might also like:

Banana Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Topping from Two Peas and Their Pod
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread from How Sweet It Is
Banana Almond Snack Cake from Family Fresh Cooking

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189 Responses to “Buttermilk Banana Bread”

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  1. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — February 21, 2011 @ 4:08 am

    You’re right! Bananas and buttermilk were meant to be BFFs. :)

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 21, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    This not only sounds delicious, it is really a beautiful bread!

  3. Katrina (gluten free gidget) — February 21, 2011 @ 4:47 am

    Banana bread is my hubby’s favorite thing in tht world! Besides me that is! :)

  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 21, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    I’ve never made banana bread with buttermilk. It looks delicious :)

  5. megan — February 21, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    Maria, don’t forget you can freeze buttermilk! :)

    This bread looks great, I love Mel’s site!

  6. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — February 21, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    I just read a recipe last night for banana buttermilk biscuits last night — and now this — I’m thinking the combination must be amazing!

    • twopeas replied: — February 21st, 2011 @ 9:27 am

      Biscuits? I might have to try them!

  7. Heather (heather's dish) — February 21, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    i love buttermilk in baked goods…it’s just SO creamy and wonderful!

  8. Erica — February 21, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    This is making me wish I had more than one brown banana downstairs 😉 Looks great! I usually buy more bananas than I need/will use in hopes that they go bad and I can bake with them! You won a giveaway on Itzy’s Kitchen!!

  9. marla {family fresh cooking} — February 21, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    Loving this recipe Maria. I always use yogurt in my baking, but you just reminded me to break out the buttermilk – love the stuff :)

  10. jenna laughs — February 21, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    Oh gosh, Maria! Yum! That last shot is what did me in. It looks so moist!

  11. cathyb@brightbakes — February 21, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    this is so pretty…and it looks so nice and light in comparison to the average banana bread… I can relate all too well to buying-the-bigger-buttermilk-container and then having to deal with it languishing in the fridge! The last time I did that though, I added it into your streusel topped pancakes though…so it was a definite win! :)
    cathy b.

  12. Katrina — February 21, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    This looks so good! I’ve never used buttermilk in banana bread before, and am excited to try!

  13. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 21, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    My hubby hates bananas too, but my kids and I love them. Your bread looks great!

  14. Amanda — February 21, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    This is so gorgeous! I have never seen such a beautiful banana bread!

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  16. Flourchild — February 21, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    I make buttermilk pancakes and buttermilk waffles. I must try your buttermilk banana bread! I love the stuff!! My BFF drinks it straight from the carton:)

  17. Blog is the New Black — February 21, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    I adore banana bread. I have a recipe to post this week for banana blondies, that came out like a dense, delicious ‘naner bread!

    • twopeas replied: — February 21st, 2011 @ 9:26 am

      The blondies sound fantastic!

  18. Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 21, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    It looks incredibly moist! I’m going to have to check out using buttermilk in my banana bread!

  19. katrina — February 21, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Yum! That looks so fluffy and tender ! I bet it would be delicious with a berry sauce, too –

  20. EatLiveRun — February 21, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    lovely! I’ve never made banana bread with buttermilk before…this is going to be the recipe I try next!

  21. Jenny Flake — February 21, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Wow, this looks so gorgeous!!

  22. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — February 21, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Yum! It looks and sounds so good. Buttermilk always makes things so moist! Delicious!

  23. Tracey — February 21, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    I just bought a huge bunch of browning bananas from the store to bake with – guess I know one thing I can try :) Looks great Maria!

  24. Valerie @ Life 4 me by me — February 21, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    This looks so good! Beautiful pictures

  25. Sommer J — February 21, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    Wow! That looks gorgeous! I need to make some really soon. My little ones looooooove bread!

  26. Wenderly — February 21, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Buttermilk +bananas= BRILLIANT!

    Not to mention gorgeous!

  27. Melanie — February 21, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    I’m thrilled you liked this bread, Maria! I agree that I’m always looking for ways to use up those past-prime bananas!

  28. Ethan — February 21, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    That does look great and the cup of coffee/tea in the background is a bff of the bread:)
    I always throw my brown bananas in the freezer for my smoothies!

  29. carrian — February 21, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    love the use of buttermilk!

  30. Megan — February 21, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    I love this recipe. We only have buttermilk in quarts around here, and I never use the whole thing. For a while I stopped buying it, and I use dry buttermilk most of the time because I hate wasting most of a container. If I do buy buttermilk, I try to have a bunch of recipes in mind that use it… so this is going on that list!

  31. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 21, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    That is the most moist, delicious looking quick bread I’ve ever seen! What a great idea for leftover buttermilk and brown bananas. This looks delicious, Maria. I could definitely go for a slice for breakfast!

  32. Lindsey Johnson — February 21, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I agree that bananas+buttermilk=the perfect pairing. I am imagining how it tastes warm out of the oven.

  33. Lauren at KeepItSweet — February 21, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Wow, that looks incredibly moist! I haven’t tried banana bread made with buttermilk but it sure sounds good!

  34. Evil Shenanigans — February 21, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    Now that looks like some delicious banana bread! Love the pictures, too! Very nice!

  35. Amanda — February 21, 2011 @ 10:57 am


  36. susan — February 21, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    i lvoe anything with buttermilk! yum!

  37. doughmesstic — February 21, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    I’d love a piece of this!

  38. Joanne — February 21, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    I was so proud of myself for actually using my container of buttermilk last week but now I wish I hadn’t so that I could make this!

  39. Kathy - Panini Happy — February 21, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    We’re on the same wavelength today, Maria! I threw together some impromptu banana buttermilk muffins for some friends who came over this morning. I wholeheartedly agree it’s a match made in heaven.

  40. Elle — February 21, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Get outta my head! I just bought brown bananas at the store yesterday so I could use them with my leftover buttermilk to make banana bread! Lovely choice, Maria-it’s beautiful!

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