Good morning and happy Spring Forward!
So in our pantry we have had this guava paste that no one knew what to do with. I decided to finally use it and make something delicious with it. I absolutely love guava (If you’ve never tried it go to your local grocery store and head over to the international section and they will have some). The guava pastries that you can buy in most places in South Florida are absolutely delicious. I figured anything I make with this will be delicious regardless and I was correct. I looked up how to make guava bars and I came across the easiest recipe ever. There are tons of recipes on how to make these, they’re all a little different but for something quick and amazing this recipe is gold. In all honesty I’m not that great of a baker but it is such a confidence booster when you make something delicious. Hands down the best thing I’ve ever made. It is vegan friendly! I used Smart Balance instead of dairy butter. You can always play with the recipe some more and add in different things.
- 2 cups of flour (I use unbleached, it is said to be a little tougher (do not expect super softness from unbleached flour) and doesn’t look as nice as bleached flour but it is exposed to less chemicals)
- 2 cup of light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of quick oats
- 1 cup of softened butter (I used smart balance)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 14 ounces of guava paste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Mix all your ingredients, except for the guava paste, together.
- Line your pan with butter or coconut oil
- Pack in half of your mixture into the pan, I used my hand to pack it in.
- In a bowl, put your guava and coconut oil and microwave this in increments of 30 seconds. (This is just to get it smoother and easier to put on top of the oatmeal mixture).
- Once all your guava is in the pan, add on top your remaining oatmeal mixture, (pack this in as well).
- Place your oatmeal bars in the oven and let them cook for 30-40 minutes.
- Once done, set aside to cool down, roughly another 20 minutes and then cut into them!
These are amazing with vanilla ice cream which is exactly what I did!