Aug 03, 2015


Easy Latina Sweet – Guava Bars

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Guava Bars!  I love baking.  It’s my guilty pleasure, my selfish indulgence and sometimes my only alone time.  Would I love to bake all day without the distractions of life?  Of course.  Would I enjoy the solitude of early mornings working with yeast, flour and sugar? That would be my dream.  Is it possible to do this?  Of course not.  Many days life calls with it’s own plan — schedules, appointments, school, family and dinner. Does this mean I give up having a sweet treat after dinner?  Never, especially with simple guava bar recipes like this one!


Guava Bars: A Perfect Standby Recipe for Busy Latinas

Every busy Latina needs solid standby recipes that are perfect in a pinch.  Recipes that involve little prep, but yield great flavor. Today I feature one of my favorite go to recipes: Guava bars! Thick slices of guava paste are layered over a crumby oatmeal crust.  No special equipment needed.  Ingredients are easily found in your pantry.  Forgot to allow your butter to come to room temperature, no worries simply pop into your microwave for 10 seconds.

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.

Disfruta your guava bars!


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Vianney Rodriguez

Vianney Rodriguez

Vianney "Bonnie" is a Tejana (Texan) foodie with an eternal love for all things Texas, and is committed to teaching others about her Tex-Mex heritage. On any given day you can find her posting Texas-style recipes or wonderful recipes from Mexico! Check her out at her blog,!

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  1. Ohhh, I love, love this!!! With a slice of cream cheese or Mascarpone… OMG!!!

  2. Que Delicia!! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. mmm que rico Bonie !

  4. These look great and easy! Perfect for after school snack or a breakfast on the run.

  5. Bonnie! Gracias, gracias, gracias.
    I have to tell you I always am looking for ways to use guava so I can pass down my love of it to my daughter — who is not growing up surrounded by guava-flavored foods…

    I am hungry now.

  6. This sounds delicious!

  7. I’m making these for my son. Our family loves guava. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve stumbled too :)

  8. Yum, these look so tasty. I love guava.

  9. Love Guava!! This looks so good!! Perfect treat for a midday snack.

  10. Just beautiful and simply delicious! I love the idea of using guava for something sweet and easy. these bars are definitely on my to do list

  11. Yummie! I love guava…and these bars look great…I like the idea of using oats…perfect at anytime of the day.
    Hope you are having a nice week Bonnie!

  12. Never tried guava but that suggestion just gave me the urge to try it and as soon as possible.
    Looks really delicious!!
    Cheers, Lia.

  13. These are just wonderful…love guava and so rarely see it used. Beautiful!


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