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Easy Homemade Guava Bars Recipe

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Fresh, homemade guava jam layered between a shortbread crust and a crumble topping. These guava bars are pieces of tropical goodness just waiting to be devoured. It’s quick and easy and will fill all your sweet tooth needs.

stacked guava bars

Sweet with a little tang and a whole lotta crumble.

Classic shortbread crust serves as a delicious base to hold all that yummy homemade guava jam and a crumbly, crunchy oat topping. Seriously one of my favorite bars. And it’s all homemade.

I’ll let you in on a secret. . .it’s really not that hard. Shh. No one will know with all the amazing flavors bursting out.

Guava bar ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
guava bars ingredients

For the topping:

  • 16 ounces guava jam
  • 1 cup old fashion oats
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

First let’s talk about the crust. Shortbread crusts are really simple to make and take very little ingredients.

If you love shortbread so much, check out these yummy shortbread cookies.

Next let’s talk guava. I mean what’s more tropical than guava?

Guava is plentiful, especially in Upcountry Maui. So much so that a common nickname for people from Upcountry is guavas. Go figure.

And of course the guava jam. This recipe uses homemade jam. Trust me it’s really easy. There’s just something about homemade that makes baked goods so much better. 

You can check out this recipe for homemade guava jam here.

hand scooping guava jam with a spoon

If you just don’t feel like making homemade jam, not to worry you can always use the store bought brands. I like this one (https://www.hawaiiansunproducts.com/preserves).

And lastly the amazing crisp topping.

Be sure to get old fashion oats. Old fashion oats are flat and flaky and make the perfect choice for crisp toppings.

If you want to read more about different types of oats check out this article.

cut guava bars on a cutting board

Can you make this ahead of time?

Sure can. Making this a day before your event would work great.

How to reheat guava bars?

Cover pan with foil and bake at 350F for 10-15minutes or until heated through. You can also heat with a microwave to your desired temperature.

How to store guava bars?

Guava bars can be stored in an airtight container for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

hand picking up guava bar

Can you freeze guava bars?

Yes. Cover pan with plastic wrap and then foil and place in the freezer. This will keep for up to 6 months. When ready to eat, place in the refrigerator to defrost for a day prior to reheating.

How to make guava bars?

https://youtu.be/bfdP5sh7RRI

Preheat oven to 350F.

For the crust: In a large bowl add 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Use a dough cutter to mix the ingredients until a wet sand consistency.

bowl of guava bars crust ingredients

Pour crust layer into a prepared 9×13 pan. Gently push down and spread evenly in pan.

guava bar crust in pan

Next add a layer of guava jam. Carefully spread jam trying not to mix in with the crust layer. Set this aside.

guava jam spread on guava bars crust

For the topping: In another bowl add oats, butter, brown sugar, and salt. Mix until well combined. Add flour and mix again until well combined.

guava bars topping in a bowl

Pour this mixture over the guava layer and spread evenly in pan.

pan guava bars before baking

Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.

Cool completely before cutting and ENJOY!

stacked guava bars

Guava Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Fresh, homemade guava jam layered between a shortbread crust and a crumble topping. These guava bars are pieces of tropical goodness just waiting to be devoured. It’s quick and easy and will fill all your sweets needs.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the topping

  • 16 ounces guava jam
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. For the crust: In a large bowl add 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Use a dough cutter to mix the ingredients until a wet sand consistency.
  3. Pour crust layer into a prepared 9x13 pan. Gently push down and spread evenly in pan.
  4. Next add a layer of guava jam. Carefully spread jam trying not to mix in with the crust layer. Set this aside.
  5. For the topping: In another bowl add oats, butter, brown sugar, and salt. Mix until well combined. Add flour and mix again until well combined.
  6. Pour this mixture over the guava layer and spread evenly in pan.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
  8. Cool completely before cutting and ENJOY!

Notes

*Check out my recipe for homemade guava jam to use in these bars https://keepingitrelle.com/guava-jam-recipe/

*You can use store bought jam if you do not want to make your own.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on July 23rd, 2020

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Guava Bars Recipe”

  1. This sounds and looks delish! Store bought Guava Jam is pretty thick, how can I get the jam to be softer and spreadable so I don’t mess up the crust under it? Also, if I use a little more butter in the crumble topping would that be okay?

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    • Aloha Wanda. You can heat the guava jam in the microwave for a few seconds to thin it out or even add a little bit of water. I’ve never made this recipe with more butter. I would think it would be fine as long as you don’t add too much and it becomes too mushy.

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