Buttermilk Banana Bread

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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!
4.9 from 38 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Total Time
1 hour


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 4 stars
    Made the bread last night. For the first time ever I had a banana bread that was cooked evenly through and through without being dark around the edges and light on top. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it’s totally fabulous (even the batter was awesome). Added in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and sprinkled a little raw sugar on top.

  3. 5 stars
    Easy PeasyI added cranberries to one of ours yummy! Great homemade recipe my 10 year old and i made it together besides oven he could practacly have made it himself

  4. 5 stars
    This was the best banana bread ever, fine crumb and very moist.  Will be my new go to recipe for banana bread. Making another loaf today. Yum 

  5. I’ve tried your recipe with bananas and it’s delicious. I have a lot of extra peaches right now. I just tried your basic recipe with peaches instead of bananas. I coarsely mashed 3 pealed, chopped peaches to get about one and a half cups of peaches. I added an extra quarter cup of flour and I reduced the buttermilk to 1/8 of a cup. I also added a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. I tasted it after it had cooled about half an hour so it was still warm . It is delicious. Thank you for the basic recipe.

  6. We buy powdered buttermilk. Buttermilk does last a long time, but I wasn’t using it quick enough. Powdered lasts forever. You can reconstitute it if your recipe calls for liquid. It’s by Saco.
    I have not made this recipe, it’s so light in color I’m worried my hubby won’t like it. But with all the positive reviews I really think I will. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    So good! Have made some of the other banana breads on this site (which are all excellent) just happened to have bananas and buttermilk. Kids and I gobbled it up. A definite must make! 

  8. 4 stars
    Woah I never would have thought about doing a buttermilk banana bread, this looks awesome!
    I bet the tangy flavor is a nice balance to the traditional sweet banana notes found on other recipes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe. I’ve made it quite a few times and substituted organic coconut sugar for granulated and topped the bread with minced coconut… this time I cut the sugar in half and added date crystals… yum!

  10. 5 stars
    It IS by far – BY FAR – the best banana bread recipe on Earth! I found it first when we had one child a while ago. Since then,  we added 3 more children and I have made banana bread following several different (also great) recipes over the years (once even accidentally your other banana bread recipe), but everyone knew right away it was not THIS ONE! 😀 
    Just sooo simple and sooo delicious! Also as muffins!

  11. Update. I did use half whole wheat flour and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe! I’ve never used buttermilk in Banana Bread before, so yummy and such an excellent way to use it up!

  12. 5 stars
    I used the exact the same recipe and added walnuts, raisins and topped it with chocolate chips. It was the best I’ve ever baked ❤❤❤

  13. Great basic recipe for banana nut bread but soooooo sweet. Made into 12 muffins and baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Added some cinnamon to the batter and pecans and a bit extra vanilla. Next time will have to reduce sugar and add a ton of spices.. maybe cinnamon nutmeg and ginger.. because the overwhelming flavor is sugar. But there will be a next time! Great way to use up bananas.

    1. Uh oh one muffin is still gooey in the middle. Tastes like warm banana pudding. Yummy though.

  14. Made this today for our after dinner dessert and it was so delicious!! Very moist and soft! Will be making another for my parents! Thank you for the recipe!

  15. 5 stars
    So very good! I love nuts in my baked breads like this, so added 1/2 cup chopped pecans. I can’t help but stealing a sliver off everytime I walk by, it’s that good!

  16. Hello,

    Instead of adding the eggs with the wet ingredients, will creaming the eggs until light and fluffy help create an airier and fluffier texture?

  17. I made this for the first time today. I used coconut oil instead of butter and 1/2 white 1/2 brown sugar, also added chopped cashews to the batter. I mixed up a topping using 2 TB melted butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 TB flour and 1/3 cup chopped cashews, sprinkled on top of the batter and baked. Oh my! Hubby and I both think it’s the best Banana bread we’ve ever had! Delicious!!

  18. 5 stars
    I’ve just made this version of a classic and it’s fabulous!! Even using a buttermilk substitute, it’s probably one of the better ones I’ve made so far!!

  19. I was looking for a different version than I am used to for Banana Bread and found this recipe. The texture, the color and taste came out really well. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. Do you think this recipe would work using pumpkin instead of banana? And if so, what spices should be added, and would you need additional sugar or brown sugar since pumpkin is not as sweet as banana? Thanks.

  21. I tired this recipe today, I used frozen bananas, and dark brown sugar(packed), and Blue Bonett margarine. It turned out awesome, moist and a bit dark but I figured that s going to happen. One thing I would do differently is to sift the dry ingredients together before adding to the wet ingredients, my flour stayed slightly lumpy even using an electric mixer. Another is, a thin line of possibllly banana at to bottom of the loaf. However there is no distaste, and definitely 3 year old approved! Thanks for sharing!

  22. This a very good banana recipe. Moist and delicious, It is sweet enough to call it a cake. We topped it with toasted, whole walnuts.
    Awesome dessert!

  23. 5 stars
    This is the absolute best banana bread I have ever had. I followed the recipe exactly, except added a few nuts and chocolate chips. The bread came out so moist and delicious. My kids have asked me to make it again tomorrow. This is now my go to recipe when I have ripe bananas and buttermilk to use. Thank you.

  24. 5 stars
    This is the most delicious banna bread I’ve ever had. I cooked in a glass bread pan. I found this method to take a lo ger cook. Time. So worth it though.

  25. This recipe sounds great. Can I substitute gluten free flour with xanthum gum or a one-to-one flour and get the same results?

  26. 5 stars
    Went looking for a Banana Bread using Buttermilk and so glad I found this one!!! Sometimes the simplest is the best. I made another with pumpkin pie spice which was ok but this one won hands down!

  27. 5 stars
    Just delish! I doubled the recipe (we has 5 bananas that were starting to turn) and omitted the walnuts. Also made 1 loaf and 12 muffins. This is so moist and delicious (I made this last night and the loaf is already half gone!)

  28. 5 stars
    Best banana bread ive ever tasted. So fluffy and at the same time moist. Most amazing flavor too. Just perfect.

  29. 5 stars
    So delicious! Following the recipe worked perfectly and the bread turned out to be super fluffy and moist. Will definitely make the bread again!

  30. 5 stars
    We LOVE this recipe! I like baking with butttermilk and I was very excited to try this. We’ve made it several times so far. The only change that I made was reducing the sugar, it is a bit sweet with over ripe bananas, I use 1/4 c. brown and a 1/4 c. granulated sugars.

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