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Must-Make Buttermilk Banana Bread

The other day, when I told the boys we were going to make buttermilk banana bread, they both started squealing “nana bread! nana bread!” and doing a funny little jig around the kitchen. I kind of felt like joining in. It is just. that. good. 

I discovered this recipe five years ago, at my favorite food blog, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. The bread takes on a lighter color than most banana breads because of the addition of buttermilk. It’s sweet, surprisingly fluffy and has a fantastic buttery crust. I get compliments whenever I take it somewhere.

Then when I tried adding an easy buttermilk glaze, it went from breakfast to dessert. 🙂 (Not that that stops us from eating it at breakfast!)

I know people can be pretty loyal to their banana bread recipes, but I’m just gonna say it—I think this is the banana bread to end all banana breads. 🙂

Buttermilk Banana Bread 
Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

For the bread:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (I use 3 average-sized bananas)
4 tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1. Grease and flour 1 large loaf pan.

2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla until the batter is well mixed. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and soda. Mix until combined. Pour batter into greased and floured bread pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (My oven takes at least 65 minutes.)

3. Loosen the edges with a knife and empty the pan onto a cooling rack.

4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon buttermilk, and vanilla. Add more buttermilk as needed to reach a drizzleable-but-still-on-the-thick-side glaze. (Such a professional description!) Drizzle onto the bread and allow to finish cooling (if you can wait!).

*I usually sub 3 tablespoons of applesauce for 3 tablespoons of butter, as well as sub out 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the all-purpose flour for King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour. Slightly healthier and still amazing!

Buttermilk Banana Bread (that you MUST make) | Lighter in color than most banana breads, this bread is sweet, surprisingly fluffy and has a fantastic buttery crust. Plus, icing!Buttermilk Banana Bread (that you MUST make) | Lighter in color than most banana breads, this bread is sweet, surprisingly fluffy and has a fantastic buttery crust. Plus, icing!


  • Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake
    March 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Haha, yes, I’m pretty loyal to my banana bread recipe 😉 and I always go back to it, but I’m not above trying out new ones too! This looks beautiful and delicious. And I have six or seven overripe bananas on my counter…

  • Jeni
    March 10, 2014 at 4:21 am

    This looks glorious! I’ve tried several of the recipes you’ve posted and haven’t been disappointed even once. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Erica Layne
      March 10, 2014 at 4:39 am

      Thanks, Jeni! I don’t post food all that often, so when I do, they are my favorite recipes. I’m so glad you’ve liked them!

  • Rachel T.
    March 11, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Mmmm. Thanks for sharing. Definitely going to try this!

  • ela@GrayApron
    March 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Nice loaf…moist, dense but delicate. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 ela

  • Joanna Sormunen
    March 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I’m doing a gluten free lent right now. But I can promise you that as soon as Easter comes, I’ll try this out. Yummy!

  • Alexis @ We Like to Learn as We Go
    March 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Wow this sounds amazing! And I actually have some old bananas in the freezer waiting to be made into bread. Just pinned it!

    • Erica Layne
      March 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Alexis! I hope you like it as much as we do!!

  • Heather @ Life as we know it...
    March 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I’m always on the look out for a new banana bread recipe. This one looks amazing!

  • Holly Giles
    March 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This sounds fantastic, I think I will have to make it tomorrow! Thanks for sharing. Holly

  • Diane @ Vintage Zest
    March 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wow, this looks fantastic! Also, congrats because you are featured on this week’s Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. 🙂

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

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