A super simple twist on a sweet breakfast classic, this Indonesian Chocolate Banana Bread is almost quicker to make than it is to eat. There’s enough chocolate to satisfy even an Easter Morning craving, but with added banana for an extra healthy bite.
As I sit down to type this, the breeze is blowing through our hair and the birds are having a raucous conversation in the trees above our heads. We’re taking things easy on our private balcony, looking down over a glittering pool, bathers on, ready to jump in.
Yep. It’s a hard life.
A HOT life, more like it. It’s another scorching day in Bali, but there are a few thick smudges starting to cover the bright blue sky. They’re trying hard to look threatening, as if they’re gathering to unleash a downpour. But so far they haven’t spilled a drop. And so our day continues.
Rain or shine, it’s just so great to finally be here! I’m not sure about Sarah, but I’ve been wanting to come here forever, or at least, since those school days when I first discovered my obsession for Bahasa Indonesia.
So, it’s kinda like a dream come true really! I get to practice Bahasa everywhere we go, and we both get to chill out on this last leg before home.
Yesterday was a huge day, I mean we went all out. Hired a driver, explored the island, ventured out to isolated clifftop temples teeming with ‘sacred’ monkeys…
(no joke, literally walked past one poor girl who had BOTH sandals stolen by a particularly brazen monkey…)
… and of course, tasted as much Indonesian food as we could possibly fit in along the way.
But today? Today is pool day. Bather’s day. Kindles day. And we don’t want to go anywhere.
Only ONE thing was on our minds today, besides long swims and hours of reading and relaxing by the pool. And that was to spoil ourselves with a slice or two of Roti Pisang Coklat AKA Indonesian Chocolate Banana Bread.
Roti Coklat is a classic Indonesian breakfast food, one that I first heard about back in language class. I remember thinking ‘How lucky are those Indonesian kids getting to eat chocolate for breakfast every day?’
It dates back to Dutch colonial times, but Indonesian people are still super keen on this sweet breakfast treat, and I mean really, who can blame them? It’s like an Indonesian style Fairy Bread!
They take it so seriously that there’s a ridiculous amount of choice when it comes to chocolate sprinkles. Brand after brand of milk, dark, and festive sprinkles (looking a lot closer to the sprinkles we can get back home).
We decided to add a smidge of healthy in the form of banana slices. You could serve it layered on one slice like this, or double up sandwich style. Whatever you do, don’t be stingy with the chocolate. Sprinkle it on like there’s no tomorrow!
All you need now is to wash it down with a mug of thick black Balinese coffee and your day is set.
Well, Sarah’s just gone and dived in the pool (the meanie), but I won’t be too far behind her!
Have you been to Bali? Ever come across this treat? If not, what food did you love while you were here?
- 4 slices white bread crust removed
- 1-2 bananas thinly sliced
- 50 g chocolate sprinkles
- Layer banana and chocolate sprinkles on top of white bread.
Edit: The minute we clicked publish the grey smudges made good on their threat and now it’s POURING! If this doesn’t let up soon we’ll have to head out into the rain anyway on the hunt for dinner. The things we do for the love of food.