Why Is Everyone Baking Banana Bread?

It’s the food of the moment

Mark Bittman
Heated

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Photo: Lena Lundal Photography/Getty Images

Seems like everyone is making banana bread — it’s easy, it’s healthy(ish), and it uses up those speckled brown bananas taking up space on your counter. But is it even good? Or merely an acceptable food for the moment? Heated’s editors hashed it out.

Melissa: People are talking in Medium Slack about why banana bread is THE food of the quarantine — and there are shoutouts to it everywhere. I’m not really a fan of bananas or banana bread, though. Thoughts?

Kerri: Banana bread is probably a thing because bananas are inexpensive, kids like them, it’s easy to make, and keeps for days. It’s what you make the other 10 months of the year when you don’t feel like eating pumpkin bread. But actually, Mark would probably say, if you can find fresh or canned pumpkin, make that instead.

Kate: I hate bananas but love banana bread. A lot of people have been posting their Bittman banana bread, though.

Daniel: If you replace half of the bananas with chocolate chips and criminally underbake it, that’s my jam.

Annie: I love banana bread, but banana bread without nuts is disgusting. Even fully baked, banana bread often seems underbaked. I feel like a crunchy element is essential.

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Mark Bittman
Heated

Has published 30 books, including How to Cook Everything and VB6: The Case for Part-Time Veganism. Newsletter at markbittman.com.