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a bowl with homemade guava paste cubes

Homemade Guava Paste (5 Ingredients)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 32 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce, Dessert
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This homemade guava paste comes together with just 5 ingredients and is miles ahead of the store bought stuff in both flavor and texture. It’s the perfect recipe to make if you have an abundance of fresh guavas.


Units Scale
  • 5 lbs (about 9 cups) fresh guavas
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 fresh lemon


  1. Prep the guavas. Cut off the top stem piece, peel off the skin and any brown bits from the fruit. Chop the guavas into chunks.
  2. Boil with water. Add the chopped guava to a pot with water. Bring to a low boil before lowering to a simmer over medium low heat and cook for 30 minutes, or until fork tender. Mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until the guavas are mushy.
  3. Strain the cooked fruit. Run the puree through a strainer to remove the seeds and any solids. Use a wooden spoon to push the puree through the strainer. This will take time so be patient with this step. 
  4. Combine with sugar & lemon & reduce. Add sugar, a few zests of the lemon peel, and all of the lemon juice to the puree. Mix well to remove any clumps before adding back to a clean pot on the stove top.
  5. Reduce to a paste. Cook over medium heat, stirring often for another 30 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and darkens in color significantly (see images). The paste should start to form into one ball or mass. 
  6. Pour into mold and chill. Transfer the paste to a parchment lined (or non stick sprayed) loaf pan, level with a spatula, cover and allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to the fridge to chill overnight, or until solid.
  7. Store. Slice into chunks and store individually in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 1 month.


You can use any kind of baking dish or heat safe container as a mold, but using a loaf pan results in that signature shape of store bought guava paste.