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Guava Bars

I somehow keep coming back to these bars.  I made them once (three years ago) and batch after batch they continue to make their way into my oven.  I think it’s the oatmeal crust that I enjoy or maybe it’s the thick slices of guava sandwiched between yummy layers of  oatmeal that entice me.

No, it must be that everyone loves them.. that’s what it is.  Or maybe because they are really.. really easy to make, so easy that I can pop them into the oven before our day begins.

Easy with tasty results.  Who wouldn’t love this recipe?





Guava Bars


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 15 ounces guava paste, cut into slices


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×13 pan, set aside
  3. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and rolled oats.
  4. Add butter. With two knives cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Press half of the mixture into prepared pan. This is your crust.
  6. Lay the sliced guava over the crust and press down lightly.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining mixture over the sliced guava and press gently with hand or fork.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
  9. Allow to cool and cut into slices.

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26 Responses to Guava Bars

  1. how thick do you slice the guava paste?

  2. Wgere do you find guava paste?Amazon?

    • Hi Cheryl,
      You can find guava paste in your latin section of your local grocery store. The paste is sold in tins or wrapped in plastic by the block. online at MexGrocer.com

      thanks for stopping by,

  3. [...] to the kitchen to bake.  I went for my trusty bars.  These bars lend themselves so well to any filling you choose.  Guava, tamarind, cajeta (drool), [...]

  4. Just saw these hit FG when I was checking my own submission…and these look fab!

    Guava paste. Swoon.

  5. Interesting ingredient the guava.
    Thank you.
    a-man recently posted..Venison Roast Recipe with cherry sauceMy Profile

  6. This looks good. I will try it.

  7. They look every inch the part – deliciouso! And I have guava paste……and love oatmeal crusts! Happy 2012 – best wishes for a great year!

  8. These look awesome. I bet they’d be great with quince paste, too, for the fall. ;)
    Carolyn Jung recently posted..Cookie Mixes From a Mother-Daughter DuoMy Profile

  9. I DO have guava paste! Yay!
    Paz recently posted..Green Banana SoupMy Profile

  10. They look incredible! And the best part for me would be, I am the only one in the family who loves guava…wait I am showing my stingy side ;)These are really lovely!
    Magic of Spice recently posted..What’s for dinner? Truffled Mac n Cheese with Shitaki Shrooms and Spelt NoodlesMy Profile

  11. Can you make your own guava paste? Have you ever made it? I have no clue what guave tastes like.

    • Hi V!!
      I have not made my own guava paste before since I can find it everywhere here in Texas. You have never tasted guava? Oh Val you must give it a try!

  12. You were not kidding – This is wonderful & easy!

    GUAVA PASTE??? You’re killing me! Any idea how much I love guava?? I must go find some of that paste soon.

    You rock Vianney!

    chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  13. what a wonderful recipe – easy is right and delicious… I can see why you come back to these…
    will be interested in knowing how you tweaked the bean salsa, please let me know, I would love your comments and always open to your thoughts and suggestions…
    Drick recently posted..Creamy Chicken Divan over Rice CasseroleMy Profile

  14. I’ve only had guava in juice form and it is delicious. Your bars sound wonderful with the guava paste!
    Susan recently posted..Pork Schnitzel with Lemon Caper ButterMy Profile

  15. Esto sí que debe de estar delicioso!!! qué rico!!!
    Lo voy a hacer !

  16. Those guava bars look divine!
    Angie@Angiesrecipes recently posted..Wholegrain Spelt Apple and Marzipan CakeMy Profile

  17. I love the “thick slices of guava” in these bars! Yum!
    yummychunklet recently posted..ffwD: m. jacques armagnac chickenMy Profile

  18. delicious looking bars looks wonderful

  19. Guava?! Sounds and looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’d love to try this!

  20. Seriously? I really HAVE to try these. Guava is one of hubby’s favorite flavors, so these would make a fantastic surprise. Soon… =)
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..50 Women Game-Changers (in Food): #30 Barbara Tropp – Buttercup Squash Soup w/ Cilantro, Toasted Almonds, & Fried Ginger ThreadsMy Profile

  21. Yummy yum yum! This I will do soon! I love guava. Thanks for the recipe :) Have a wonderful weekend.
    Mari recently posted..BIZCOCHO de MANDARINAMy Profile

  22. Oh, divine! I love guava, but have never eaten it in baked goods. Marvelous and so irresistible.



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