Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kefir Banana Bread Recipe

Don't know what kefir is? Don't worry - you can substitute yogurt, buttermilk, or sour cream. Any type of "cultured" milk will do (that sounds stuck up, lol). This banana bread is definitely for everybody! It's so yummy, we tend to eat a whole loaf in a day... but it's healthy for you, so who cares!
Kefir Banana Bread
1 1/3 C. Sugar (we use sucanat)
1/2 C. Butter
2 Eggs
1/2 C. Kefir (or sour cream/buttermilk/yogurt)
1 1/4 C. Bananas, mashed - about three average bananas, fyi
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 C. Flour
3/4 C. Nuts, chopped

  • 12-24 hours beforehand, you can mix the flour and kefir together. Cover and allow the flour to soak.
  • Preheat oven to 300F
  • In a large bowl, mix sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs, bananas, and nuts.
  • Add the kefir/flour mix in gently. Add the baking soda and baking powder and mix until just blended.
  • Pour into a greased bread pan (9"x5"), or into several small pans (for nuts/no nut eaters)
  • Bake approximately 1.5 hours or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean - exact time will very depending on the size and number of the pans baking.


  1. What did you mean by, "for nuts/no nut eaters" on step 5?

    1. I meant that if you have people in your family who want different things, like nuts, in their bread, making it in the individual pans helps you personalize it to everybody's liking. :)

  2. Could I substitute gluten free flour for the regular one?

    1. Victoria, I'm not sure! I guess you could do a little experimenting, or research the ratio of flour:liquid that GF flours need.

      Has anybody else tried this recipe out using a wheat flour substitute?

  3. This looks great! I definitely want to try making a kefir banana bread - do the probiotics in the kefir get cooked away when you bake it?

  4. I assume that when this gets cooked the benefit of the kefir (probiotics) is nullified because the bacteria is killed by the heat correct? Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Hi Billy! I'm not sure... However, I'm sure there is still some nutritional benefit left that's better than using, say, regular milk.