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Easy Guava Bars

A simple shortbread dough, canned guava paste, and a single bowl are all you need to make this easy Tropical Guava Bar Recipe.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 9
Calories: 91kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • one 21 oz. tin Guava paste I used Goya brand
  • cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar


  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter and sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  • Add the salt and flour and beat until the dough comes together.
  • Press half of the dough onto the bottom of the prepared pan, smoothing it until the base is even.
  • Slice the guava paste ¼ inch thick. Arrange the guava slices on top, covering the dough.

For the Streusel topping:

  • Add the oats, coconut, 2 Tbsp. flour and brown sugar to the remaining shortbread dough.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Sprinkle dough evenly over the guava slices.
  • Bake the bars until the top is golden, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove bars from the pan and cut into squares.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg