Hawaiian French Toast

5 from 3 votes

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This Hawaiian French Toast is a copycat breakfast recipe from the Hukilau Cafe in Hawaii. With coconut and macadamia nuts, it’s full of tropical island flavor in every bite!

Coconut Macadamia Nut French Toast on a plate topped with whipped cream.

Hawaiian French Toast

This Hawaiian French Toast is a recipe we made to replicate a favorite breakfast we ate in Hawaii. There was an awesome family breakfast place in Kauai that I think we ate at three different times while we were there. We tried several different yummy breakfasts but every time we would still split an order of this sweet breakfast treat. After having it three times I made some serious mental notes so I could make it again at home. I have to admit, I like our version of this Hawaiian French Toast even better! It is like a little piece of paradise in every bite.

The Secret’s in the Syrup

I like this recipe by far the best with our homemade coconut syrup! Anytime we visit Hawaii we load up on coconut syrup to bring home. Unfortunately it’s not that often that we get to Hawaii so I ended up creating my own coconut syrup recipe that is TO DIE FOR good! It is every bit as good as the stuff you can get on vacation. Here’s all you need to top your Hawaiian French Toast:

  • Sugar
  • Coconut Greek Yogurt. You could use regular coconut yogurt too, but the Greek variety gives it more bulk and flavor.
  • Butter
  • Coconut Extract

Melt all the ingredients together and whisk over low heat until they’re all combined and smooth. It’s delicious on waffles, toast, homemade rolls, just about anything!

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If you’re more into the sweet breakfast than savory, try some of these delectable dessert-like breakfasts at home. They’re all perfect for a special occasion or a lazy weekend morning.

How to Make Hawaiian French Toast

Coconut Macadamia Nut French Toast on a plate topped with whipped cream.

Hawaiian French Toast

5 from 3 votes
This Hawaiian French Toast is a copycat breakfast recipe from the Hukilau Cafe in Hawaii. With coconut and macadamia nuts, it's full of tropical island flavor in every bite!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 8




  • Shave the heels off the ends of the bread then cut into 8 large slices.
  • Combine eggs, milks, and spices in a large bowl. Soak bread in egg mixture. Melt a little butter in a large fry pan or griddle. Brown each side of the bread then place on a cookie sheet. When all the pieces are done, place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with powdered sugar, sliced bananas, toasted coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, coconut or maple syrup, and whipped cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 654kcalCarbohydrates: 100gProtein: 13gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 521mgPotassium: 534mgFiber: 7gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 184IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 224mgIron: 4mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    I loved visiting Kauai and can’t wait to recreate this at home! Did you go to Ono Family Restaurant in Kapaa? Its one of our favorites! If you figure out how to re-create the Hawaiian pancakes with coconut syrup let me know!!

    1. Yes! That is the place! We also loved their Shave Ice right outside. I want to go back!
      I’ll have to figure out the pancakes next time. 🙂

  2. I live on Oahu… what place are you adapting this from? I move in December back to the mainland and I hate to think I missed a yummy breakfast place here!

  3. I buy coconut milk in a carton in the milk isle (next to the almond milk) or do you mean canned coconut milk? Thanks!

  4. Thank you. Also, is there something significant with the Great Harvest bread (other than it's amazing:). Would it be fine to just use my own home made bread? 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Hello there i just want say thank for the inspiration i found your site amazing

    Thank you


  6. I just put a bunch of coconut flakes on a cookie sheet and watched them closely under the broiler in the oven, when they start getting brown and toasty (like a toasted marshmallow) pull them out.