Buttermilk Banana Bread Smoothie

I have a penchant for baking recipes that utilize buttermilk. I find it adds a really nice tangy richness to things like muffins and scones. And truth be told – I kinda like the taste of buttermilk straight, although I don’t think I could drink a whole glass. Of course, recipes only call for 1 cup or less usually, and the smallest carton I can buy is 500mL. As such, I often find myself with a partial container of buttermilk in the fridge after baking something, and more times than not it gets forgotten and thrown out. This situation arose again when I made those kale, pumpkin, and cheddar scones, but this time I was determined to not waste that tasty tangy milk, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with the perfect solution – a smoothie!


The thought process went something like this:

  • I need breakfast. I should make a smoothie (love my Blendtec!)
  • I still have that buttermilk in the fridge. I’m sure I could use that – you can put anything in a smoothie.
  • Lots of bananas on the counter – I’ll use those too.
  • I’ve made banana bread with buttermilk before, I need something to make it “bready”. How about cereal?
  • I’ll just add a few other ingredients to make it interesting. Should be good.


The cereal inspiration was from something I tried ages ago – using a flaky cold cereal in a smoothie a la Chocolate Covered Katie. It gives your smoothie some heft.


I jazzed up the smoothie with some cacao nibs, cinnamon, and cashew butter. It really did taste like a creamy, cool, drinkable version of banana bread. And now I think buttermilk will be on my regular grocery list.


Buttermilk Banana Bread Smoothie

serves 1

A quick breakfast smoothie that tastes like banana bread and makes use of that half empty carton of buttermilk leftover from your last baking project.


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup flaky cereal (I used Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened soy milk)
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 2 tsp cacao nibs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon


1. Put all your ingredients in your favourite blending machine. Whiz away until you have a smooth, creamy treat. Enjoy!


Note: Feel free to use your favourite cereal and nut butter when making this smoothie. I like Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise, and it’s gluten-free to boot!


What’s your favourite way to use buttermilk in the kitchen?

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Categories: Breakfast, Drink, Gluten Free, Recipe, Smoothie, Vegetarian


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6 Comments on “Buttermilk Banana Bread Smoothie”

  1. February 18, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Buttermilk in a smothie? Now that sounds unique… in a very good way. And buttermilk + cereal just makes it that much better. I rarely have buttermilk around unless I need it for muffins or something. Next time though, I know what I’m trying out with the leftovers!

  2. February 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    This sounds yummy. Though I’m not sure how’d I’d feel about buttermilk in my smoothie… but probably totally worth a try! Plus if I buy buttermilk for this, I will have to bake something else, yes? 😉

  3. February 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I like to pourit all over my naked body. JK!

  4. February 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I actually don’t buy buttermilk, I just add vinegar to regular milk – I am cheap like that! But that being said, I think I need to try your banan bread smoothie!

  5. March 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    hmmm interesting buttermilk and cereal in a smoothie! I may have to give it a go.


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