Disney’s Kona Cafe Copycat Tonga Toast

Disney's Kona Cafe Copycat Tonga Toast Recipe from The Cards We Drew

Last year we went to Disney right around this time and one of my FAVORITE meals there was Tonga Toast at Kona Cafe, so with the recipe of some Disney Cookbooks, I’m sharing this Copycat Tonga Toast Recipe with you today!! It’s easier than you’d think!!

Disney's Kona Cafe Copycat Tonga Toast Recipe from The Cards We Drew

Disney’s Kona Cafe Copycat Tonga Toast


  • 1 loaf of unsliced bakery style bread sliced into 2-3 inch thick slices
  • 2 bananas thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 10 sliced strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. FOR TONGA TOAST: Start by cutting your bread into 2-3 inch thick slices.
  2. Carefully pull out the center of the bread, but don't go all the way through, you just want a spot to add your bananas in.
  3. Slice up your bananas and add into center and replace the bread you tore out.
  4. FOR CINNAMON SUGAR TOPPING: Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl and then put on a plate to dip the Tonga Toast in once it's fried. Set aside once mixed.
  5. FOR BATTER: Whip eggs in medium bowl and add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
  6. Preheat oil to 350 degrees F in a large skillet. Don't get oil too hot or it will burn the toast.
  7. Dip stuffed toast into batter mixture being sure to cover both sides, then place carefully into hot oil.
  8. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Flip toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil.
  9. Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.
  10. FOR STRAWBERRY COMPOTE (you may choose to make this prior to making the toast): slice up 10 strawberries, place 6 of the strawberries into a small saucepan with vanilla and sugar and heat until boiling.
  11. Remove strawberries from heat and pour mixture into blender with 4 non-cooked, fresh strawberries and blend well. Pour into bowl for Tonga Toast sauce.

I started by making my strawberry compote sauce. See the recipe…you’ll slice up your strawberries, add vanilla and sugar, and blend well.

tonga toast strawberry compote recipeOnce it was made, I poured it into a bowl and set aside. You’ll use this instead of syrup for your Tonga Toast. It’s a good mix of sweet and tangy that helps counter the already sweet toast.

slice up the bread

Next you’ll want to start slicing up your bread into 2-3 inch slices.

slice up the tonga toast

You will pull the center of the bread out just enough to make a hole to fill it with bananas, but don’t go all the way through!

pull center out of bread

Peel and slice up bananas into thin slices and put in the center of your toast…

stuff the bread with bananas

Then place the piece of bread you pulled out back on top and press down gently.

replace the center of the bread

Once that’s ready, you’ll want to mix your batter (eggs, cinnamon, sugar, and milk) in a bowl and dip your bread into the bowl thoroughly coating all sides. Just hold the top on your banana side and it won’t fall out. After coated place into a skillet with canola oil preheated to around 350 or below.

place toast in fryer

Cook for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

roll toast in cinnamon sugar straight out of fryer

Once done dip the whole thing in cinnamon sugar and set aside.

tonga toast recipe

Serve with strawberry compote sauce drizzled over top and ENJOY!!

the most delicious disney breakfast recipe from kona cafe

inside of the tonga toast

It’s SO good and really a great summer time breakfast recipe!! Serve with a large glass of milk and enjoy!

This month I’m participating in a Month of Disney Ideas that R&R Workshop is putting on with some of my favorite bloggers! For more Disney ideas check them out below!!

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2 thoughts on “Disney’s Kona Cafe Copycat Tonga Toast

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe for the #monthofdisney Series!! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

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