The Platonic ideal of a banana is banana bread.
Ideal banana bread consists of butter, flour, sugar, bananas (of course) walnuts (there is division among the ranks over this, but to the naysayers I say walnuts!) and dried shredded coconut. I got the idea of dried shredded coconut from Mark Bittman, on whom I have a crush, as I do on all rounded, balding men.
Anyhoo. Banana bread. Lush land, verdant, like the bosom of the New World, this island of quick bread cooling on my counter. A slice of warm banana bread is proof that the universe is breathing. There is life worth living. And it's in my kitchen.