Guava is a unique tropical fruit that imparts slightly different flavors depending on how ripe it is (the closer to red the fruit is, the sweeter it will be). Fresh guavas can be hard to come by in some parts of the world, but most of us can at least find guava paste, nectar, or juice and international grocery stores. Some of these paleo recipes use fresh guavas, while others use paste or juice—go ahead and find one you can enjoy!
1. Guava Cupcakes With Whipped Guava Frosting
These delicious cupcakes are the perfect use for guava puree. You’ll need concentrated guava puree, so if you’re starting with fresh pink guava, puree it and then boil until it’s “applesauce-thick.” These cupcakes are truly awesome, complete with a paleo guava frosting.
2. Tropical Guava Ice Cream
This ice cream recipe couldn’t be any simpler, and it’s dairy free as the base is mainly coconut milk. The coconut milk gives this ice cream and extra tropical flair, as coconut is really fantastic with guava. Best part of this recipe? No additional sweetener necessary!
3. Tropical Enzyme Guava Papaya Smoothie
Papaya is known for being rich in digestive enzymes, so it’s great for your body—not to mention it tastes delicious! This healthy smoothie is made with fresh papaya and guava, parsley, ginger, lemon juice, and a sweetener if you need any (go with a paleo-friend one, obviously!).
4. Guava Bars With a Coconut Crust
These yummy bars easily adapt to be paleo-friendly. Just use coconut milk, and replace the sugar and brown sugar with coconut sugar. Use arrowroot in place of cornstarch, and you’re on your way to enjoying these deliciously tropical, easy bars.
5. Guava Mojitos
These mojitos tastes delicious, and you can make them happen with mint leaves, coconut sugar (for the granulated sugar), guava nectar, white rum, and a bit of sparkling water. I have a feeling this is going to be your new favorite mojito recipe!
6. Pink Guava and Strawberry Smoothie
You can’t go wrong with a smoothie that has only 4 ingredients. Share it with friends! You’ll need ice cubes (frozen coconut water would be great), ripe pink guava, strawberries and a touch of coconut water or water to get things moving.
7. Aloe Guava Smoothie
Aloe has a lot of health benefits for your skin and digestive tract, so if you’re interested in something new, consider giving it a try. This easy aloe smoothie is made with guava, pomegranate, lime, honey, mint leaves, and fresh aloe from an aloe leaf.
8. Hawaiian Pog Juice
This fresh and delicious juice is best enjoyed ice cold on a beach, but a pretend beach will do if all you have is your imagination. You’ll need passion fruits, oranges, soft guavas (as ripe as possible), and some sweetener. You could use coconut sugar or stevia, to taste.
9. Guava Glazed Cornish Hens
Guava may be sweet, but it doesn’t have to be used only for sweet recipes! These glazed Cornish hens are made with guava paste, crushed garlic, onion, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, lime, and coconut aminos (use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce).
10. Saudi Fruit Juice
Made with strawberries, mango juice, guava juice, and banana, this unique juice is more like a thin smoothie. You can serve it as a dessert, a snack, or even a treat beverage with dinner. Keep in mind, this recipe makes a lot of juice, so reduce it if you don’t need a whole liter.
11. Guava and Sour Orange Sangria
Everyone loves a good sangria on a hot summer’s afternoon, so give this recipe a try with oranges, limes, light red whine or rose, apricot or peach brandy, guava nectar, key lime juice, and sour orange juice. I guarantee you it’s a flavor you haven’t quite experience before.
12. Guava Glazed Grilled Ribs
I told you, guava is excellent with meat! It loves to be included glazes and sauces, and will reward you with awesome flavors. To make these glazed ribs, you’ll need black pepper, sumac, guava paste, sriracha, smoked paprika, and more. Replace the soy sauce with coconut aminos.
13. Guava and Cinnamon Atole
You can make this warm, comforting guava drink by using a paleo-friendly milk (I would go with almond in this recipe), coconut sugar instead of turbinado, and arrowroot instead of corn starch. These easy replacements will make it a bit healthier, and so delicious.
14. Bulanglang Na Hipon
This Filipino soup is made with shrimp, ripe guavas, onion, boy choy, and chili pepper. The guavas add a tart sweetness to this soup, which has variations made with tamarind, instead. You’ll love the guava version, which is both nourishing and tasty.
15. Flu Shot Kale Smoothie
Feeling a little run down? This healthy smoothie is packed with nutrients to get you back on your feet, including guava, parsley, cucumber, celery, lime, ginger, and mint. You can use maple syrup to replace the agave if you want something less processed.
16. Pomegranate and Guava Margaritas
If you love margaritas as much as I do (responsibly, of course), you’ll love this unique guava version with spicy ginger liqueur, pomegranate juice, guava juice, and the traditional freshly squeezed lime juice. using fresh limes is the key to making these totally amazing.
17. Pineapple Chili Guava Margarita
Here’s one more margarita you’ll enjoy, and this one is a different mix of flavors. You’ll want coarse salt, red chili powder, fresh pineapple juice, guava juice, silver tequila, fresh lime juice, and some sweetener (the recipe recommends agave syrup, but I would use maple).
18. Guavas and Cream
If you’re in need of a simple and easy dessert that’s still yummy, try this guavas and cream recipe. Replace the heavy cream with coconut cream from the top of a (chilled) full-fat coconut milk can, but don’t forget the vanilla extract and drizzles of honey (or maple).