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Black Forest banana bread

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  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Vegetarian

Take your regular banana bread recipe up a notch with juicy cherries. Drizzled with a cherry glacé icing, this delicious loaf makes any occasion special.

  • Serves12
  • Cook time1 hour 5 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, + cooling time\r\n\r\n
Black Forest banana bread


  • 1 3/4 cups (260g) self-raising flour
  • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (25g) Coles Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup (95g) dark chocolate chips
  • 100g cherries, pitted, halved
  • Cherries, extra, to serve

Cherry glacé icing

  • 4 cherries, pitted, chopped
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 cup (160g) icing sugar mixture

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 10cm x 20cm (base measurement) loaf pan and line with baking paper, allowing 2 long ends to overhang.
  2. Step 2

    Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk the egg, buttermilk, oil and banana in a medium bowl. Add to flour mixture with chocolate chips and cherry and stir to combine. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Step 3

    To make cherry glacé icing, combine the cherry, sugar and 1 tbs water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 2-3 mins or until the cherry softens. Cool. Strain through a fine sieve. Discard solids. Stir in icing sugar until combined.
  4. Step 4

    Drizzle the icing over the banana bread. Top with extra cherries.

    Get ahead:Bake the Black Forest banana bread up to 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Ice and decorate before serving.

Nutrition Information

Per Serve

Energy: 1600kJ/383 Cals (18%)

Protein: 5g (10%)

Fat: 15g (21%)

Sat fat: 4g (17%)

Carb: 58g (19%)

Sugar: 39g (43%)

Fibre: 2g (7%)

Sodium: 189mg (9%)