Buttermilk Banana Bread

Sometimes I hate when I forget about my bananas and they get a little too ripe.

Often times, I’ll just freeze them to use later in smoothies, but it is nice to bake a loaf of banana bread every now and then.

That sweet smell wafting through the house, even on a hot day, is enough to get my tummy rumbling.


Of course this time, I also had to see if using buttermilk would work in the bread. I bought buttermilk to make those bacon waffles, but I ended up with a little too much. Obviously, I can’t let that buttermilk go to waste.


Buttermilk Banana Bread

1 cup wheat bran

1 cup fat free buttermilk

¼ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 super ripe bananas

½ tsp vanilla

¾ cup whole wheat flour

¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour

¾ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup walnuts, chopped

  1. Mix wheat bran with buttermilk and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, beat eggs with brown sugar, bananas, and vanilla.
  3. Add in the bran/buttermilk mixture.
  4. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour to mixture until combined.
  5. Fold in chopped walnuts.
  6. Bake at 350 in loaf pan for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


You can really tell a lighting difference in these photos – the first was taken on Sunday afternoon, right out of the oven, when it was super bright and sunny.

The others were taken, still in natural sunlight, but later in the day.

Either way, this bread is delicious and I look forward to eating more.

What’s your favorite way to use buttermilk?


  1. Oh my goodness. This looks great.

  2. I love banana bread. I made some this past Friday with peanut butter and chocolate chips. MMMM…..good

    I like to make buttermilk pancakes!

  3. I have a quarter gallon of buttermilk in my fridge AND almost-too-ripe bananas to use… you read my mind. ;)

  4. I’ve never used buttermilk, though I’ve seen a ton of recipes using it. Maybe it’s time !

  5. Great recipe! Banana bread is so good!

  6. OMG. It looks SOOOOO AMAZING. I love how textural it is.
    BTW Bacon Waffles is the MOST GENIUS thing I have seen since the ShamWow.


  7. I’ve never cooked with buttermilk! I’m such a Yankee!! I’ve never had grits, biscuits & gravy, jambalaya, etc. I think I’m missing out!

  8. I love making buttermilk pancakes – I use 2 tsp. of baking powder, let the batter sit for 30 minutes and I get the fluffiest pancakes – which reminds me, I need to make pancakes!!

  9. i used to complain about having to use up buttermilk after making a recipe, but my mom asked me why i was buying it in the first place.

    she told me that if you add a tbsp of lemon juice to milk and let it sit for a few minutes, it will act as a good substitute for butter milk. i’ve googled it, and it appears to be true. and every recipe i’ve tried it with has worked out!

    i don’t know…is there a difference between using buttermilk or the lemon juice in milk substitude? i haven’t been able to tell the difference yet. hope this is helpful.

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  11. Man I wish I saw this recipe yesterday! Looks great!

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