Banana Bread with Walnuts and Dates

banana date bread

Maybe it’s the yoga. Maybe it’s because I’m in my thirties. Maybe it’s because I’m in a pensive mood. Whatever it is, I’ve learned to accept one thing:

There are times when simple is best.

Sure, there is a time for over-the-top. There is a time for comedy. And I’ve been called an over-exaggerator and a drama queen for as long as I can remember. But sometimes all you really need is a classic. Something simple, something easy, something uncomplicated and not necessarily dripping with chocolate. Or dulce de leche.

(I know, I know. I’m not sick, I promise.)

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