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. The guava pastries that you can buy in most places in South Florida are so good, I will eat them until I pass out. 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 this was amazing, hands down the best thing I’ve ever made. It is vegan friendly! I used Smart Balance instead of dairy butter.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
The crust was:
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)
1 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of oats
1 cup of softened butter (I used Smart Balance)
So I mixed all my ingredients, except for the guava paste, together.
I lined my pan with butter and put half of my mixture in the pan and packed it in. Then I cut my guava paste in slices and layered it on top of the oatmeal mixture. After all the paste is used I put the remaining oatmeal mixture on top and packed it in.
Once the oven is done preheating, place the oatmeal bars in the oven and wait 30-40 minutes, until it is golden brown.
Unfortunately I didn’t take any good pictures of the bars but that doesn’t mean they weren’t amazing!