Spiced Banana Bread

Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Karista's Kitchen, Kid Friendly, Sweets, vegetarian | 48 comments

Moist banana bread recipe with fresh ground spices and buttermilk

Spiced Banana Bread

A really good banana bread is like a dear friend.  A friend that has been with you through thick and thin, and all of the in between.  A constant in one’s life with fortitude that transcends the test of time.

Banana bread is enticing to the palate, earthy in color and fragrant in aroma.  It never deviates.  One can always count on consistent flavor.  That is of course if one follows the recipe.

I would not be that one.

Banana Bread recipe with fresh ground spices and buttermilk

Fragrant and Enticing Spiced Banana Bread

I had to do it.  I had to deviate.  I ended up deviating several times and thankfully ended up with this lovely little version of my most favorite banana bread.

Only spicier.  😉

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Spiced Banana Bread


¾ cup dark brown sugar or coconut palm sugar

¼ cup olive oil

1 large egg

1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2-3 large bananas)

¾ cup buttermilk

2 cups flour (1 ½ cups all-purpose + ½ cup cake flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon spice blend (if you don’t like coriander, omit; or sub with 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves)

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

3 cardamom pods

1 clove

     Heat a small pan over high heat and toast the spices. Once toasted let them cool for a few minutes and then grind in a spice grinder.  This should give you about 1 rounded teaspoon of spices.

Diagonally sliced bananas for garnish.


Pre-heat the oven to 400F.  Grease a medium size loaf pan 9×5.

Mix together the sugar, olive oil and egg until smooth and blended.  Add the mashed banana and buttermilk and blend until incorporated.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spice blend.  Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until nicely incorporated.

Pour into the baking pan and lay sliced bananas diagonally onto the top of the batter.  Sprinkle with brown sugar or coconut sugar.

Bake at 400F for about 15 minutes.  Then turn the heat down to 350F and bake for another 30 minutes or until the bread is done.

Cool for about 10 minutes before slicing.

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  1. yummy !!! I’m always a huge fan of banana bread and every baked good that have banana in it xD

    • Thank you. Enjoy :)

  2. This looks amazing, Karista! I love the spicy flavors- this looks like the perfect comfort food on a cold winters afternoon!

    • Thanks Kelley! I think I’ve eaten half the loaf by myself. :( It’s a lovely spicy bread that even my fussiest eater likes.

  3. Yum, yum, yum – sounds divine! Nice and flavoursome, Karista!

    • It was very flavorful! A nice change to my usual banana bread. :)

  4. Oh goodness, I can just tell that this is great with all of these warm spices…I would love it! So, I must try it! I started deviating with banana bread last year, but never posted it. Now I feel inspired between you and Barb at PandP, thanks!

    • Oh you should post it Betsy! I love unique twists on traditional dishes.

  5. I would expect nothing less from you, Karista – I’m so glad you’re always experimenting – it produces amazing things! This looks fantastic, and I love the idea of adding the spice – I’ve got some bananas on my counter that now have a destination….

    • Thanks Jess! It was a lovely bread and it’s been requested again so I’ll be baking another this weekend. :)

  6. What great looking banana bread!

    • Thank you! It was delicious and didn’t last long. :)

  7. Karista,
    I agree — a really good banana bread is like a dear friend. One that always makes you feel right at home!

    My daughter was complaining the other day that I make the whole wheat/butterscotch banana bread too often now, so I guess it’s time for another switch up. I’ll have to try this spiced version. I love how you’ve added banana slices on top — at first I thought they were pear slices, which I’ve done before (on top of a chocolate version of my mom’s recipe). Thanks for the shout out — I really appreciate it!

    • LOL! Well now I need to try your version which sounds delish!

  8. Karista I do not have the biggest sweet tooth but I am always a sucker for banana bread and this one looks awesome! I especially love the sliced bananas across the top!

    P.S. Thanks for including my recipe in your links :)

    • You’re welcome Alyssa! :) I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth either. Which is why I cut the sugar a bit and subbed with coconut palm sugar which doesn’t really taste quite as intensely sweet as refined. Really lets the banana shine through. I love bananas. Too much!

  9. I love how you added that extra umphhhh to banana bread — takes it to the next level of goodness! :)

    • Absolutely Danny. Love banana bread, but a spiced banana bread feels just a little bit indulgent. :)

  10. I have been craving banana bread for the past week and here is your magnificent recipe this morning. Fabulous idea to make it spicy. Running down the passage to the kitchen to see if I have all the spices on hand.
    Have a lovely day.
    :-) Mandy xo

    • Thanks Mandy! I haven’t made banana bread in a while and it just felt like the right time. And I had lots of bananas that needed to be used. :)

  11. Banana bread is the best, and it just got even better! Cardamom improves every baked good, I think. Yum!

    • I agree! Cardamom makes everything better. :)

  12. I am on a baking FRENZY so this is going on the list. YUM!

    • I should be bringing you baked goods! You should be resting my friend. Not to sound bossy of course. :)

  13. Delicious, tasty, satisfying and (somewhat wholesome!) I loved the presentation of this one when I saw it on instagram and a little butter and a warm cuppa and this loaf and I would be very happy friends indeed :)

    • Ah yes… somewhat wholesome. LOL! I did use a reduced amount of coconut palm sugar and of course it is full of bananas. :) Yep, a little butter or cream cheese would just top it off. Glad you liked the presentation Alli. I thought it needed a little dressing up. :)

  14. The spicy flavors must really brighten the flavor.

    • Absolutely. A lovely combination of flavors and perfect with my morning coffee. :) Happy Weekend Karen!

  15. Totally agree with you about the banana bread! It should be spicy – a perfect comfort food! Beautiful Karista!

    • Thanks Shira. It was so fragrant and flavorful. A fun twist to my usual. Happy Weekend!

  16. I always deviate and I shall try buttermilk in my usual recipe next time :)

    • I love the tang that the buttermilk gives the bread. Happy Weekend Tandy!

  17. Karista, I’m going to make this lovely bread and deviate not a speck from it! Sounds perfectly Perfect with just the right combination of spices! I love that you played the rebel! :)

    • Thank you Spree. Unfortunately I play the rebel all too often. :)

  18. Wonderful creation Karista! So love you added the spices and I am sure it adds extra magic to the banana bread. I am making this for the family this weekend :-)
    XXX Thank you!

    • You’re so welcome Anne! I do love fresh ground spices and it makes this bread just a little extra special. :)

  19. Love banana bread! I mostly had the one my mom made with blueberries, but this spiced one seems delicious. Will try. :)

    • Banana bread with blueberries! Sounds perfect Bryan. What a great way to use up the summer blueberries too. You have a clever Mom :)

  20. Always happy to bring banana bread variations into the collection. This looks like a good one and I agree with cardamom being a great addition to so many things.
    Hope you have a relaxing rainy Sunday. xo wendy

    • Thanks Wendy. I think it’s going to be a chore Sunday. And hopefully a little cooking thrown in as well. :) Happy Sunday to you too!

  21. I´m a huge fun of banana, your recipe looks so delicious, I´ll definitely make this recipe when I have more people about in may house….just love it! Have a great week!

  22. I made this and it turned out perfect! It was so moist and so delicious :-) Loved the spices in it, thank you for a great recipe!!!

    • You are so welcome Anne! Thanks for commenting. Delicous Wishes :)

  23. Fabulous bread!! My daughter has loved everything banana since the moment she was born, and I have not doubt that this bread would fit right in with her taste. Beautiful photography! You’ve made me want to reach out and grab a piece!

    • Thanks Kim! So glad you enjoyed it. :) Delicious Wishes!

  24. I’ve made 1000’s of loaves of banana bread, but never thought to put slices over the top. I loved this aspect. I didn’t have whole coriander in the house so I only used clove and cardamom. Loved it. Can’t wait until next time to add the coriander.

  25. I love very much all in your Pinterest I will bake this one I copied thank you very much juvy

    • Thank you Juvy! Hope you enjoy :)


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