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Buttermilk banana bread sliced down the middle.

Buttermilk Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: banana bread, buttermilk banana bread, easy banana bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Banana bread is a classic recipe that’s been around for ages but adding buttermilk to the batter will produce a softer, airier, and richer loaf. This quick and easy recipe is easy to whip up and is not only impressive - it is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack!
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  • loaf pan
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl
  • rubber spatula


Buttermilk Banana Bread

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts optional
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large mashed bananas

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar sifted


To Make the Bread:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper or greasing it.
  • Mix together in a medium sized bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and walnuts. Set the bowl aside.
    1 ½ cups flour, ¾ teaspoon baking soda, ¾ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Then mix in the egg. Add in the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
    ¾ cup sugar, ¼ cup salted butter, ½ cup buttermilk, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 3 large mashed bananas, 1 large egg
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing banana bread from the pan.

To Make the Icing:

  • Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and spreadable.
    ⅛ cup butter, ½ teaspoon vanilla, ¾ cup powdered sugar, 2 ounces cream cheese
  • Place the icing in a cake decorating bag with an icing tip and drizzle over the completely cooled banana bread. Or, simply spread some on with a knife.


📋 Expert Tips
The following tips will help you to make the perfect banana bread recipe:
  • Use ripe bananas. You should use ripe bananas that are getting brown. If they are green at all, you definitely want to wait because they won't be sweet enough.
  • Do not overmix. Do not over mix your ingredients, but make sure that they are all mixed together well - if you overmix the batter, it won't rise.
  • Grease your pan. Use a loaf pan that is greased with butter or cooking spray and lined with parchment paper.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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