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5 from 2 votes

Tropical Guava Bars

Pantry staples and canned guava paste mean you can make these bars anytime... and with only one dough for the crust and topping you have no reason not too!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: latin
Servings: 36
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 topping: Add the oats, coconut, flour and 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. Cool. 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