Sometimes you make banana bread because you have bananas that need to be used up. If there is a container of buttermilk in your refrigerator that is about to go out of date, that is another reason.
Sometimes you make banana bread just because you have a taste for banana bread. I know exactly one person who does not like bananas. I think it is a character flaw. I don't hold it against her. I have a character flaw too.
I always sprinkle the top with "sugar in the raw" because it gives the top that crunch that I like. The one that makes me think I just made a loaf of banana bread that looks like it came from a bakery but tastes like it came straight out of the oven of a kitchen on Moss Lane in Provencal, Louisiana.
I made this loaf because I had bananas to use AND I had a taste for it.
Work-week mornings are made much better by the addition of a piece of banana bread. It's the season-neutral, always appreciated, perfect treat to take and put on the communal snack table at work.