Can we take a moment to appreciate the word guava? I’m not even talking about the taste of the fruit, just the word itself. Somehow, the most random hodge-podge of letters (I mean, when’s the last time you saw a g and a v together?) form such a great sounding word – guaaavvvaaaa. My English nerd is showing, but I can’t help it! I really love words, and guava is a great one.

Guava, where have you been all my life?

Guava Bars

From Serious Eats
Makes roughly 40 bars


  • 16 tbsp (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) all purpose flour


  • 16 ounces guava paste, sliced to 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 8 tbsp (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup  all-purpose flour
  1. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan with butter. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. For Crust: Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add salt and flour and beat until dough comes together. Press dough evenly into prepared pan.
  3. For Topping: Cover dough with slices of guava paste. In the bowl of a food processor, combine oats, butter, salt, and sugar. Pulse 10 times. Add flour and pulse until mixture resembles wet sand. Sprinkle over evenly over top of pan.
  4. Bake until top is golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

These guava bars are also pretty great. I’ve never had fresh guava before, but if it tastes anything like guava paste, I’ve definitely got to get my hands on some. It’s got a rich sweetness to it, but there’s also a nice tartness – it’s hard to describe, but they taste distinctively exotic. I really like them here in bar form, especially with the oats in the crumble, because it makes them a little more homey, a little bit more familiar.

The guava paste holds up well, even in the oven, so the bars stay firm and solid when you bite into them – you don’t have to worry about jam oozing out of these. So if you’re looking for a new spin on traditional fruit crumble bars, look no further! They’re the perfect mix of exotic and familiar and are sure to bring a little something special to breakfast or snacktime.

They just look like regular crumble bars – until you bite into them

Guava bars