Tonga Toast

Tonga Toast is one of the most popular breakfast dishes on Disney property. Served at Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, it’s a classic take on French Toast. Unfortunately, you can’t get this dish at Disney gluten free, but with some at-home substitutions, you can easily recreate this classic breakfast dish at home safely.

I recommend using Bread SRSLY’s gluten free (and vegan!) sourdough bread to make this at home.

You can see me walk through this recipe step-by-step in my YouTube video below.

Recipe yields – 4 servings

Sugar-Cinnamon Ingredients:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Batter Ingredients:

4 large eggs (omit if you are making egg free or vegan)
1 1/3 cup whole milk (substitute non-dairy milk if making dairy free or vegan)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Tonga Toast Ingredients:
1 quart canola oil, for frying
1 loaf sourdough gluten free bread (uncut, 12 inches long) (Recommend using Bread SRSLY gluten free sourdough bread loaves)
2 large bananas, peeled


For Cinnamon Sugar Topping: 
Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.

For Batter:
Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

For Tonga Toast:

  • Preheat oil to 350 degrees F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.)
  • Slice the gluten free bread into four three-inch-thick slices.
  • Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
  • Place a gluten free bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana into; repeat with each bread slice.
  • Dip stuffed gluten free bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil.
  • Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil.
  • Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.

Version of this recipe found originally at Oh My Disney.