Buttermilk. It can be found in a bevy of recipes that can be eaten throughout the day. From pancakes and scones, to fried chicken and coleslaw, there’s no shortage of uses for this popular dairy product.
What is buttermilk? It is fresh, pasteurized milk that has been infused with cultures (harmless lactic acid bacteria).
If you don’t have any at home, you can whip homemade buttermilk up by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to every cup of milk you need for a buttermilk recipe. You can also pick up powdered buttermilk and have it in your cupboard should you want to have it on hand without worrying about it spoil in the fridge.
Here are 20 must-try buttermilk recipes you’ll want to add to your meal rotation!
For a light and fluffy treat this strawberry shortcake muffin recipe will hit the spot! Low fat buttermilk and unsweetened apple sauce help to make the muffins pillowy soft. The strawberries and fresh whipping cream give the dessert a sweet and classic flavor.
Sweetness and a pop of tartness come together in these blueberry lemon pancake squares! This flavorful combination is perfect for meal prep as they can also be made ahead of time and heated up again to make early mornings easier and bright!
Do you love the classic flavor of gingerbread? This gingerbread loaf recipe is a fantastic one to try! Low-fat buttermilk, ground ginger, light molasses, and unsweetened apple sauce are the stars of this loaf’s sweet flavor!
This recipe for chicken tenders will have you wanting to make it again and again! Buttermilk helps to keep the chicken moist while cooking, and the everything but the bagel seasoning will tantalize your tastebuds.
If a bit decedent comfort is what you’re craving, try savoring a slice of this red velvet banana bread! Bananas and low-fat buttermilk keep this dessert moist and fluffy, and smooth cream cheese icing adds a hint of sweetness that will have you coming back for another piece.
This crunchy and tangy version of KFC’s coleslaw is a classic side to add to your plate. The cabbage, buttermilk, and mayonnaise help to bring this delightful and delicious salad to life.
Snack time is always tasty with this banana muffins recipe. Its fluffy texture and sweet flavor make these muffins a treat that you and your family can’t wait to snack on. The special part of this recipe is that it is also gluten-free!
Love cornbread? This version has a lightly sweet and fluffy buttermilk cornbread you’ll want to add to your dinner plate. The cornmeal, two types of sugar, and buttermilk bring the sweet flavor to life in this classic southern favorite dish!
Quick to whip up for a morning or brunch treat, these gluten-free buttermilk pancakes are a perfect one to have on hand! A healthier option that makes these pancakes sing is by using gluten-free flour and their swap-in of dairy-free buttermilk.
If you want a healthier appetizer that has a bit of a kick to it? Try making these sweet and spicy buttermilk shrimp. What makes this recipe great is that the shrimp is not deep fried and has a sauce you can mix at home from scratch.
Breakfast can be made a sweeter after noshing on these lemon blueberry scones. The fruits and the two types of extracts come together to create a breakfast treat that is easy to enjoy on special occasions or on-the-go! Bonus: These sweet scones are gluten-free!
If a boost of protein is your goal without eating meat, this chopped power salad is one to tuck into! The chickpeas and quinoa provide the punch of protein, while the buttermilk and cilantro give the light creaminess and flavor you’ll love with every fork you eat.
Do you love blueberry muffins? This recipe is an easy one to put together and pack as a snack. The healthy combo of whole grains, olive oil, and pure maple syrup is enough to want to take more than a few with you on the road!
This brined Cornish hen dish will have you wanting to prepare your poultry in a whole new way! Buttermilk, along with other herbs and spices, are used to add flavor and moisture to your poultry when prepared this way.
Is bread a staple at your dinner table? Make sure to have this Irish brown soda bread at hand to complete this meal! The dough calls for whole wheat flour to be used for a more wholesome bite to eat.
Baked to a golden crunch, this panic baked cod is a scrumptious meal to add to your weekly meal rotation. The coating over the cod that makes this dish a delight to tuck into!
If dietary restrictions are a concern, these buttermilk biscuits are ones to try! This biscuit uses gluten-free baking flour and a vegan buttermilk recipe to please all who snack on these treats.
Do you have any avocados in your kitchen? See how this mellow fruit is used in this savory avocado chocolate bread. The avocados and buttermilk lend a hand in making this baked treat one that will not last long in your pantry.
This biscuits and gravy recipe is a tasty Southern breakfast dish the whole family will want to eat! What’s great about this dish is that you can use either white whole wheat or gluten-free flour to create the biscuit dough and the gravy.
Are crisp and fluffy waffles that are also vegan and gluten-free possible? They are with this recipe. Vegan buttermilk and gluten-free flour are the stars of this dish that you will gobble up at breakfast.
We hope you’ll whip up and enjoy these 20 must-try buttermilk recipes! We’re sure you’ll want to put your own personal touches to a few of your favorites and add them to your weekly meal plan! If you are looking for more comfy and crumbly dishes to create, these brownie cheesecake bites are ones to try!
20 Buttermilk Recipes You've Got to Try
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon liquid egg whites
- ⅓ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup low fat 1% buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ⅓ cup flour
- Fresh strawberries
- For the whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar confectionery sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup heaving whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 375F, spray a 12 hole regular sized muffin tin with cooking spray, I did not use liners.
- In a bowl cream your butter and sugar together, add in egg, egg whites, apple sauce, vanilla and buttermilk and mix well.
- Stir in flour, baking soda and powder.
- Divide into your 12 muffin cups and bake for 18 minutes.
- To make your cream use an electric mixer and beat your cream, icing sugar and vanilla for approx 5-6 minutes until you get a thick cream.
- Slice up your fresh strawberries, cut muffins in half and layer with cream and strawberry slices, top with more cream and strawberry.. Cream should cover all 12 muffins.
- You can use cool whip if you'd like but it will melt fast, the muffins without the cream are 3 smart points each (2PP) points incl the cream is 5 smart points each (3PP)
- Nutritional info per muffin (incl cream) Calories.. 120...Fat 5.6g...Sat fat 3.1g...Carbs 15.5g...Fiber 0.4g... Sugars 5.4g...Protein 2.4g...Sodium 28.8mg