Spiced Banana Bread

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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. I always deviate and I shall try buttermilk in my usual recipe next time 🙂

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

  11. The spicy flavors must really brighten the flavor.

  12. 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. 🙂

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

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

  15. 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. 🙂

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. What great looking banana bread!

  20. 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….

  21. 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!

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

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

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

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