Super Moist Buttermilk Banana Bread

This easy Buttermilk Banana Bread is one of my oldest and most favorite recipes! It makes a super moist quick bread with a tender crumb and loads of banana flavor thanks to the addition of banana pudding mix.

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Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

Buttermilk Banana Bread

We are big banana fans around here. The hubs and I have that in common. Banana pudding? Bring it. Banana pudding ice cream? Oh my, yes! Banana cream cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory? I will cut you if you take a bite of my slice. The list goes on. If it’s banana flavored, we want it.

And the one thing the hubs has been requesting for a bit now is banana bread. And well, I’m a bit picky about my banana. I like a full on banana flavor – don’t skimp on me. That’s what those delicious treats I named before all have in common. LOTS of banana flavor in every bite. Sometimes with baked banana goods I feel like the rotten bananas alone don’t give the full flavor that we tend to gravitate towards. So there’s a special ingredient in this banana bread to help make up for that.

Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

Before I reveal what it is, I will tell you that this is actually my second version. The first one was straight up. What does “straight up” mean? Well, it means it didn’t have my secret ingredient. It was straight forward, from scratch ingredients. This one is still from scratch, but it has the ever-wonderful pudding mix in it. Pudding mix is the secret, but not really that secret, ingredient for super moist baked goods. So how does that make it more banana-y? I will tell you.

Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

The original recipe is from Averie Cooks and calls for vanilla pudding mix and yogurt. I didn’t have any plain yogurt so I used buttermilk. They can easily be substituted for one another, but the buttermilk seems to have given my banana bread more rise. I also opted for banana pudding flavored pudding mix given our obsession (I’ll just call it what it is) with banana pudding flavored things. Just like with my banana pudding (in which I use banana pudding and not vanilla pudding – seriously, why wouldn’t you??), I prefer going for all the banana I can get. The other little change I made was using a little more brown sugar.

Super Moist Banana Bread - with pudding mix!

Then I had the hubs test it against the first version. He liked this one better for two reasons. 1. The pudding mix adds some seriously noticeable moisture. 2. He loved the strong banana flavor. Me too. However, if you are not into the idea of using banana pudding flavored pudding mix, you can use vanilla, like the original recipe calls for. No matter which you use though, you should use it. Moisture city!

And then I covered it in a banana flavored glaze. We can’t get enough banana! 🙂

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Banana Pudding Banana Bread
Recipe

Super Moist Banana Bread

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 58 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
  • Yield: About 10 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Moist Banana Bread is made with banana pudding mix for extra tasty flavor! A great way to use up over ripe bananas!


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Ingredients

BANANA BREAD

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large or 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 1 3.4-ounce box banana pudding instant pudding mix (or vanilla pudding mix, if you prefer
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda

BANANA GLAZE

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp imitation banana extract (You could just go with vanilla, if you prefer)

Instructions

BANANA BREAD:

1. Add sugars, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk to the melted butter and combine.
2. Add the bananas and mix well.
3. Add the dry pudding mix and mix well.
4. Add the flour and baking soda and stir until just combined. Do not overmix or the bread will be tough.
5. Pour batter into greased 9×5 loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 58 minutes, or until a toothpick will come out clean with a few crumbs.
6. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20 minutes, then finish cooling on cooling rack.

BANANA GLAZE:

Whisk together the milk, extract and powdered sugar and drizzle over the top of the banana bread.

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Enjoy!

Recipe modified from Averie Cooks

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51 Comments
  1. Teresa

    Hi Lindsay!

    Can I made this recipe into a 2 layer 6in and 2 layer 4in cakes? If so, what would the baking time be?

    Thanks! 😊

    1. Lindsay

      I would make a very dense cake, but I suppose you could. I have never baked it into a cake so I’m not sure of the time.

  2. Lexi

    Hi! I am wanting to add some banana pudding mix to a Trader Joe’s banana bread mix. Would I just add the dry pudding mix or do I need to add extra ingredients so the banana pudding mix gets moist enough? I am definitely adding little things like extra vanilla extract and other stuff you listed in your recipe 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Glenda

    Excellent banana bread, moist and delicious just how my husband likes his banana bread, no need for topping, great without, lasted half a day. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. Leona Hixson

    Just made it and it is cooling but looksgreat. Can’t wIt to try it.made the glaze for it too. Thanks bfor the rec.ipe

  5. Jean Luenebrink

    I can’t wait to try this this weekend. Do you think I could do it in muffins instead? Any tips if I try it that way?

    1. Lindsay

      You could definitely try it. I haven’t tried it myself, but you’d definitely want to reduce the baking time.

  6. Dave

    We didn’t have banana pudding powder because apparently no one in our small town likes that flavour pudding. 
    We sustituted pistachio pudding powder which apparently everyone likes.
    Irregardless the banana flavour carried through and i was one of the very best loaves of banana bread we’ve ever tasted. The texture was also totally superior!
    Great recipe!

  7. Diana Tucker

    I made this today and it is the best banana bread I’ve ever made. And I’ve made lots!! So moist! I followed the directions and recipe as written. Doubled the recipe. The loaves are huge!! Going into my recipe book! Thank you????????????

  8. Dave Elles-hope

    We did not have either vanilla or banana pudding mix, but we had some very ripe bananas. 
    What we did have was a box of pistachio pudding mix.
    Everything else being the same, what resulted was a unique treat.
    It will never replace the intense banana flavour of banana and banana pudding mix, but it was very nice. Emergency idea that worked.

  9. Sandy Martinez

    I covered the top before baking with walnuts, then glazed. Mire like cake! Delish and thanks for posting!

  10. Aardy

    Love your website Lindsey. A suggestion for the banana bread … use orange juice as the liquid and it peps up the banana flavor like you wouldn’t believe. It doesn’t taste like orange either only banana.

  11. Amanda

    My husband said this was the best banana bread he ever tasted. I made a double batch, and only had chocolate pudding on hand. Also didn’t do the glaze, and it was still so good and perfectly sweet. Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      I wouldn’t suggest it personally. Sugar not only sweetens, but adds moisture. It’ll change the result of the recipe a bit.

  12. Menahil

    Hi! Im such a huge fan! And became a fan when i tasted your vanilla cake. Had been looking for that for years. It tastes like my childhood. And i ckuld never quite get it right. Till i came across your website. And now im zen with my vanilla cakes. ♡♡♡ so thank you for that! Stay blessed.

    About the banana bread. I wanted to ask if i could use a cup of steel oats and a cup of flour. Instead of 2 cups of flour?

    1. Lindsay

      I don’t think it’d turn out quite the same. The oats won’t really act the same as flour. You might want to try 1 1/2 cups of flour with the oats and see how it goes.

  13. Aunt J

    Love this banana bread. I have many banana bread recipes, many are quite good. This is just the recipe I was looking for. Hearty enough if if you like add-ins like chocolate chips or walnuts, substantial in its own right and will stand up to a trip through the toaster. Definitely not banana cake baked in a loaf pan. Just the right amount of sweetness, excellent texture. Two thumbs up, Lindsay! And thanks to Michelle for the oven ripening tip.

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  15. jaemie louise robarios

    I am a HUGE fan of banana bread! You totally had me at “super moist”! And oh God! That banana glaze! I can’t wait to make this! This is totally a must try! And by the looks of it, this might just be a staple recipe for me. 🙂 thanks again for sharing yet another awesome recipe with us. God bless.

  16. Tara Lynn

    Oh good, there are women out there who can control themselves…I sure wished I could.
    Keep up the great blog, its so much fun to look at.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Oh gosh, I would say that I don’t stay thin. I definitely have to be careful and workout. Otherwise I do gain weight. Way too easily.

  17. Robin L Smith

    Oh my, this looks absolutely lovely and yummy! I can’t wait to try this over the weekend.. and it has peeked me for my church bazaar menu

      1. Sharon

        Have been baking alot of different banana bread recipes during this pandemic. This is the BEST. Didn’t have buttermilk so made it with 1/3 cup skim milk with 1 tsp. white vinegar. Let sit for 5 min. Worked great. Used vanilla pudding mix. So delicious!!!

  18. Michelle Hawco

    this sounds like the perfect recipe for banana bread….i am definately going to try it.. no doubt that it will turn out just as everyone says….i do have a comment.. a little hint, if you will,. quite some time ago i came across this hint about bananas… theres really no need to wait till your bananas turn black to use them up for banana bread..you only need to take your ripe bananas( yellow and showing no green) and place them on a cookie tray and into the oven just as you set it to preheat while you continue to get your ingredients together …the peel of the bananas will start to turn black and release the natural sugarsand all that yummy banana flavor that we all love. …ofcourse when you are ready to place the banana in your recipe be careful.. they tend to be a little hot. (if you can wait 5 mins. maybe till they cool off).. so there you have it….:) bananas in my house tend to go very quickly. so i found this hint to be very helpful because now i can buy bananas and not have to wait for them to turn black.

      1. Janet

        Did u use plain or self rising flour? Since it only called for baking soda I was sure.  Thanks

  19. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Nothing beats super moist banana bread 😀 And that drizzle? I wish I could grab it through my screen!

  20. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    So glad both you and your hubs like my recipe! Thanks for trying it and I’ve made it before with banana pudding mix as well and it’s great. And no matter how I try to skip the pudding mix, use buttermilk, greek yogurt, more bananas, etc…nothing gets it as soft and light as the pudding mix!

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