Buttermilk Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

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Use up those bananas with this amazing moist buttermilk banana bread recipe. Some say it’s the BEST EVER banana bread!

(Original post updated April, 2021.)

Buttermilk banana bread with cream cheese icing

Recipe for Buttermilk Banana Bread

 

Ingredients you’ll need for this yummy recipe:

Together, buttermilk and bananas make the most amazing banana nut bread -that is, if you like walnuts. If not, just omit them and you’ll still get amazing results.

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need for the banana bread:

Ingredients for buttermilk banana bread

  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup salted butter

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk 

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 large mashed bananas

How to mix up this banana bread recipe with buttermilk

Step one in buttermilk banana bread recipe - mix together dry ingredients.

Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together in a medium sized bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and walnuts. Set the bowl aside.

Step 2 for buttermilk banana bread recipe - Mix sugar and butter and remaining ingredients.

Step Two: Using a whisk or electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Then mix in the egg. Add in the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
Mash bananas on a plate with a fork.
You can easily mash bananas for banana bread by just placing them on a plate and mashing them with a fork.
Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Stir the wet and dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl for a moist buttermilk banana bread recipe.

Bake at 350 degrees 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.

Buttermilk banana bread on a wooden cutting board with cream cheese icing drizzled over it and walnuts decorating the top.

Drizzle on cream cheese icing if you’d like!

Although completely optional, cream cheese icing makes this buttermilk banana bread even more yummy!

How to Make Cream Cheese Icing:

Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
Instructions for cream cheese icing

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

Sliced banana bread with cream cheese icing.

Can this banana bread recipe be frozen?

Absolutely! This recipe freezes incredibly well. I would freeze it without the icing and frost it before you are ready to serve. Just make sure you put it in an air tight container, zip loc bag, or wrapped well in plastic wrap before you put it in the freezer.

This quick bread recipe can also be baked in mini loaf pans.

There are all kinds of cute mini loaf pans now, and this recipe can be baked in them as well. Just reduce the baking time accordingly.

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Banana Bread with Buttermilk and Cream Cheese Icing

Bananas + buttermilk team up together to make the very best moist & tender Buttermilk Banana Bread recipe with cream cheese frosting!
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:1 hr
Additional Time:10 mins
Total Time:1 hr 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large mashed bananas
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

  • Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together in a medium sized bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and walnuts. Set the bowl aside.
    Step Two: Using a whisk or electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Then mix in the egg. Add in the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas.
    Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
    Step 4: Pour banana bread batter into a loaf pan that has been lined with parchment paper or greased well.
    Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees 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.
  • Ice with cream cheese frosting after the banana bread has cooled completely.

To make the cream cheese icing:

  • Beat well the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
  • Mix in the sifted powdered sugar until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Transfer icing to a cake decorating bag with icing tip to drizzle over the top, or use a ziploc bag with the corner cut out. Or, simply spread on the icing with a knife.
Course: Recipes
Servings: 12
Calories: 276kcal
Author: ritajoy
This recipe was inspired by a post & recipe from The House of Smiths.

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4 Comments

  1. Hmmm, the banana bread as muffins……what a great idea! Love you blog, by the way. If you'd care to look at mine, it's thestylexpert.blogspot.com

    Cheers! Jan

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