Buttermilk Banana Bread is a certainty in my life… I know I love it and I know I always will! My obsession with banana bread runs deep, and I have many on my site. This one, this one with a brown butter glaze, this one where my husband emotionally cheats on my and declares his love for another woman’s banana bread, this caramel banana cake, and this zucchini banana oat bread and the crappiest day of all time. I love them all!
Buttermilk Banana Bread
The perfect banana bread contains one special ingredient, buttermilk! It helps to produce this light, almost white, banana bread that cannot be achieved with a normal recipe. The flavor is spot on, with all the banana goodness you would want, but also a presentation that will leave people with questions. “How did you get it so light?” The answer is simple, buttermilk.
How to Bake the Perfect Banana Bread
I prefer a course mashing of the bananas as I love the small chunks peppered through the loaf. To achieve this simply lightly mash with a fork. If you want a smoother consistency, add the bananas to a food processor.
Make sure your baking powder and baking soda are fresh! This is what helps the loaf to have a beautiful rise and be a lighter crumb practically falling apart in your hands. The buttermilk in this recipe helps to activate the baking soda.
Stick to a tried and true method of adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined and your banana bread will bake to perfection.
How to Make Perfect Banana Bread
- Use ripe banana’s. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from people that their recipe didn’t have a strong banana flavor. When asked if their bananas were ripe, the typical response is, “does that make a difference?” Yes, SO MUCH yes. If you need to ripen banana’s in a pinch, try placing them on a baking sheet in a 250-degree oven for about 15 minutes.
- Room Temperature Dairy. Make sure your buttermilk is not cold. This applies to the butter (and eggs, even though not technically dairy) in this recipe as well. You will find they incorporate much better and the resulting texture is second-to-none.
Can This Be Made Gluten Free?
You can use all gluten-free flour substitute. Just follow the instructions on the bag to make sure it is a 1:1 ratio.
How to Make Buttermilk Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
We prefer to add milk-chocolate chips when making a chocolate chip banana bread, but you can use whatever flavor you prefer. (White chocolate is also a great addition!) Simply fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and then reserve a few for sprinkling over the top before baking.
The perfect banana bread contains one special ingredient… buttermilk!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/8 tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 cup mashed bananas, 3-4 bananas
- 1/2 cup (113g or 1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup (300g) granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Prepare 9x5 loaf pan. (I used two smaller loaf pans.)
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (Do not skip this step!)
- Mash bananas and set aside.
In a stand mixer on medium-high, cream butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time with mixer on low speed. Add in buttermilk and vanilla until the batter is just combined.
- Slowly pour in the flour mixture. Mix until JUST combined.
Remove bowl from mixer and fold in mashed banana's.
Divide batter into greased and floured bread pans and bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
This is Mel’s Kitchen Cafe original recipe, which I have slightly adapted.