Guava Oatmeal Bars

HAPPY SUMMER IN SOUTH FLORIDA

I am writing my blog post a day early this week! Here is the gift of Guava. There are many things I will look back at, and say that I got from South Florida; one being, GUAVA. South Florida is obviously heavy on the latin culture. The Cuban culture is probably the most common place to see guava! I wanted to make something different then guava pastelitos so I came up with guava bars. These bars are SOOOOOOO buttery, flaky, sweet, and just plain yumminess. Now if your one of those special special rare people that do not like guava (AKA MY SISTERS BOYFRIEND), you can still do this bar with a preserves filling: APRICOT, BLACKBERRY, STRAWBERRY…ETC.

Guava History Lesson

Guava is a common tropical, or subtropical fruit. The common one we will see has a green skin, and a pink center. The texture is a little gritty, but the flavor is delicious!! Guava originally came from Mexico. Other Caribbean cultures, and Asian cultures adopted it.  They made hybrids with it that are common: Guava apple, guava pears, strawberry guava..etc. The tradition guava is the most common used though.  Guavas are low in calories, have high dietary fiber and vitamin C. So if you sick of oranges try something new like a guava! For this dessert bar I used a guava paste already ready for purchase. It is easily found at you nearest supermarket. CHECK THE LATIN ISLE!!

Guava Oatmeal Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Bake time: 350°F 30-45 minutes (golden brown)
INGREDIENTS:

CRUST:
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Honey
1 Tsp Salt
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour or (Whole Wheat Flour)
1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

FILLING:
1-16oz Guava Paste Bar

TOPPING:
1 cup Old Fashion Oats
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour or (Whole Wheat Flour)

DIRECTIONS:
CRUST:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
3. Add the Honey, vanilla. Scrape the bowl down.
4. Add the rest/dry ingredients: Flour, salt.
5. Grease a 8-10 Inch rectangle pan. 
6. Press the dough in the pan with your fingers. Evenly distribute it
   to 1 centimeter thick at the bottom of the pan.
FILLING:
1. Cut the Guava bar in strips 1/2 centimeter thick.
2. Place the Guava evenly on top of the crust dough about 1 
   centimeter apart.
TOPPING:
1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
2. Add the rest/dry ingredients. 
3. Mix until it is crumb like. 
4. Sprinkle onto the guava paste and crust.
5. Bake for 30-45min or until golden brown on the middle rack.
6. Let sit for 30 min before cutting into it.
-------------These are best eaten/served at room temp----------------
                             ENJOY!!!!

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