While I appreciate the effort that goes into making homemade banana bread, I kindly request that you stop offering it to me so frequently.
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While I appreciate the effort that goes into making homemade banana bread, I kindly request that you stop offering it to me so frequently.

As I sit here staring at the banana bread my sister-in-law made this weekend, I can’t help but think to myself, “Not again.” Don’t get me wrong, banana bread is fine. When made correctly, it’s moist, it’s sweet, and it pairs perfectly with a cup of tea. But when it’s the 10th time in a row that I’ve been offered this fruit bread, it starts to lose its appeal.

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First of all, let’s talk about the bananas. I understand that they were overripe and needed to be used, but come on, how many times do we have to hear about the “perfectly ripe bananas” that just had to be made into banana bread? I’m pretty sure there are other ways to use overripe bananas. Have you ever heard of banana pancakes? What about ice cream? The possibilities are endless, yet we always default to banana bread.

Next, let’s talk about the recipe. I appreciate the effort that you put into making homemade banana bread, but let’s be real, it’s not exactly rocket science. Mash some bananas, add some sugar, flour, and eggs, and voila! You have banana bread. It’s an easy way to say you’ve baked something without putting much effort into it.

It’s an easy way to say you’ve baked something without putting much effort into it.

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But perhaps the biggest issue I have with banana bread is the frequency with which it’s offered. I mean, I understand that it’s a classic and beloved treat, but can we please switch it up a bit? I’m not saying we should never have banana bread again, but maybe once a month would be sufficient. But no, it seems like every time I turn around, there’s another plate of banana bread staring me in the face.

Another thing that baffles me is the lack of diversity in the bread world. Why is it always banana bread? What about apple bread or orange bread? Imagine biting into a warm, moist slice of apple bread with a hint of cinnamon, or tangy orange bread with a burst of citrus flavor. These breads have the potential to be just as delicious as banana bread, if not more so. But instead, we are stuck with the same old, same old.

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Imagine sitting down at a restaurant and finding out that the only thing on the menu is spaghetti and meatballs. Sure, it’s a tasty dish, but after a while, you start to crave something different. Let’s break out of our banana bread rut and explore the vast world of baked goods.

To conclude, while I do enjoy banana bread, the constant repetition and lack of variety have caused it to lose its appeal. I implore you, bakers of the world, to branch out and try new things. Who knows, you may just discover a new favorite treat. As for me, I will be feeding this banana bread to my dogs in the meantime.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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