Buttermilk Banana Bread

filed under: Bread on June 28, 2014

Buttermilk Banana Bread is a certainty in my life… I know I love it and I know I always will! This recipe is special not only because of the sweet, moist and delicate crumb but because it turns out very light in color, something that is not the norm when making banana bread! If you love this recipe, don’t miss my Best Banana Muffins!



Buttermilk Banana Bread!

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. And I happen to have a homemade buttermilk recipe that you could use!

How to Bake the Perfect Buttermilk 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.

Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe

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.

Easy Buttermilk Banana Bread

5 from 13 votes
Buttermilk Banana Bread! You will never go back to regular banana bread again!
Buttermilk Banana Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

The perfect banana bread contains one special ingredient… buttermilk!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttermilk Banana Bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 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
  1. Prepare 9x5 loaf pan. (I used two smaller loaf pans.)

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (Do not skip this step!)
  3. Mash bananas and set aside.
  4. 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.

  5. Slowly pour in the flour mixture. Mix until JUST combined.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in mashed banana's.

  7. 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.

Can This Banana Bread 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.


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  • Toni Davis says:

    I made the Butter milk banana recipe in individual breads size. The product was very good and I really enjoyed the quickness of making this recipe. Thank you for all of your help that you’ve done for us in putting up recipes that you have done and tested yourself. Will make other products soon.

  • Sonja says:

    This is the most AMAZING banana bread I’ve ever tasted.perfect desert with s scoop of butter pecan ice cream.

  • Julianne says:

    Just made this for the second time, came out perfectly again. Made a double batch, because last time one loaf was gone within an hour! It’s my family’s new favorite. Thank you!

  • Cathy says:

    Can we use whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Cathy! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tested this recipe using whole wheat flour so I can’t speak to its effectiveness. Please let us know if you try it and how the bread turns out. Have a wonderful day!

  • Rosemary S says:

    I have been making banana bread for decades. I buy extra bananas just for that purpose. I look for the most ripe bananas in the store. I have to say that this banana bread is totally different. The texture is light and creamy! I can’t believe how only a quarter cup of buttermilk makes such a difference. I always keep buttermilk on hand, and I am glad that I do. This is a delicious version.

    Next time, I will try making it substituting white whole wheat flour for about 1/3 of the required flour. I have used that with the basic banana bread, and no one seems to notice much difference.

  • Rani says:

    Can I use egg sustitute and still get similar product?

  • Julie martija says:

    Excellent recipe the bread is so good. Love it will make it again.