Buttermilk Banana Bread

This easy Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe always gets rave reviews! Some say it is the BEST banana bread recipe out there. If you have brown bananas and buttermilk to use up, make this banana bread. You won’t be disappointed.

Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe

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. I was able to use up my brown bananas and some buttermilk, WIN!

Buttermilk Banana Bread slice

Bananas & Buttermilk – Yum!

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. Itreminds me of a very moist banana pound cake because of the rich, buttery crumb. It is SO good warm with a little butter. Some say it is the BEST banana bread recipe they have ever made. It is definitely a favorite at our house!

You can make muffins or mini loaves with this banana bread recipe, just reduce the baking time. The bread also freezes well. I always like having a loaf in the freezer for a rainy day…or any day!

If you are pondering what to do with the overripe bananas on your counter and the buttermilk in your refrigerator, make this easy quick bread. Your house will fill with a wonderful aroma and you will have a tasty snack or delicious breakfast. Banana bread is ALWAYS a good idea.

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How to Make Buttermilk Banana Bread

Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe

This is the BEST banana bread recipe! Everyone LOVES it!
4.72 from 91 votes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed brown bananas (3 medium sized bananas)
  • 1/4 cup 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


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or by using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla until combined.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let bread cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen the bread with a knife and carefully remove from pan. Let the bread cool completely on the cooling rack. Slice and enjoy!


Calories: 224kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 77mg, Potassium: 114mg, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 290IU, Vitamin C: 1.1mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is my third time using this recipe. Any baked goods with buttermilk is a favorite in our home. Delicious and moist every time. Freezes beautifully! Thank you for sharing.

  2. From a Georgia boy: This is the absolute BEST banana bread recipe I’ve ever tried. Thirty years of trying various recipes, with a usual dry loaf as the result, but NOW I am tasting a moist, delightful loaf every time I use your recipe. Thanks and God Bless!

    p.s. I believe the secret is: the buttermilk.

  3. Haven’t made it yet but olan to. Just an fyi – Ben Starr on youtube said you can add milk to buttermilk when its almost gone. The leave it on the counter for a day or until it thickens. that put infrig. You will never have to buy buttermilk again.

  4. 5 stars
    This was my first time making the buttermilk version of your banana bread. My family loves this bread and are begging me to make it again! Thank you, it will be a staple!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. So easy, virtually fail proof and that is from someone who is an extremely inconsistent cook This is my third time making it and it has been perfect each time. Thank you for such and easy yummy recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    This is what I call REAL Banana Bread. This recipe is the best. We are so tired of the brown sugar/walnut recipes so I thought I’d try this recipe since I had buttermilk. The crust and sides steal the show. I’m sure I’ll be baking this again this week. Delightful and delicious. Thank you for a great recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    I bake a lot and especially banana bread but this recipe is absolutely the best. Tasteful, moist and beautiful. A winner.

  8. 5 stars
    This is by far the best banana bread I’ve ever had. Tbh I don’t even like banana bread but had bananas that needed to be used or froze. I didn’t have buttermilk but made my own with vinegar/whole milk. Doubled the recipe. So good that I had two pieces! I love two peas & their pod recipes, so I’m not surprised.

  9. 5 stars
    I have tried many banana bread recipes and this is the best!! It’s my absolute favorite. I will be making it often. Thanks for sharing.

    1. If you wrap it in plastic wrap and foil, it should stay fresh for 3 months in the freezer.

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve seriously never had better banana bread! Super lightly banana flavored, light and moist, the buttermilk makes it decadent and buttery. I paired it with a fresh batch of homemade cultured butter. Eat is warm or cold, but best warmed with butter! I will always make this recipe now…

  11. 4 stars
    Delicious and moist banana bread. Added my own touch with crushed chocolate bars and walnuts. Definitely a keeper!

  12. This i s the best banana bread recipe out there. Moist, tastey and delicious. It’s my go to recipe.
    I add walnuts or strawberries . Whatever I am in the mood for. I have tried many others and always come back to this one. Look no further. This is the best.

  13. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Easy to mix with a small mixer instead of my huge kitchenaid.
    I added a cup of chopped walnuts for more flavor. Texture was light looking.
    I ended up leaving it in the oven for an 1 hour and 15 minutes checking after 50 minutes a few times
    as it still had batter on it. I will definitely make it again.

  14. Buttermilk banana bread sound great.I can’t wait to try it , I always make pineapple banana bread. Thank you for the recipe ❤️

  15. 5 stars
    I love this. How long would you cook if you were doing them as muffins instead of loaf banana bread.

  16. 4 stars
    Easy recipe. The bake time listed was WAY off. It stated 50~55 min at 350. My oven is pretty precise. The loaf took 25 more minutes before the loaf was cooke thru. Nothing is more frustrating we’re making a quick bread them to take it out cut into it and find that it is raw or under baked in the middle. Just an FYI. Family loved the finished product.

  17. 5 stars
    I’ve searched for, adjusted and added ingredients to recipes trying to get a moist, delicious banana bread recipe. Well, this is it. Great taste! I can stop the search.

  18. 5 stars
    I cut the sugar by 1/2, added toasted walnuts, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Cut time to 40 minutes (convection oven) as I baked 8 mini loaves; came out perfect.
    Highly recommend giving this recipe a try; customize to your particular taste.

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