Feb 102014

Family owned grocery stores can’t be “normal” to survive since Bob and Randy’s grandparents, Jake and Irene Harmon, opened a fruit stand 80 years ago.

Harmons Grocery StoreHarmons Grocery Store Brothers
Harmons Grocery Breads
Harmons Grocery Granola items
Harmons Grocery Baked GranolaNow that huge corporations and big-box stores have taken over the grocery industry, this local independent company has managed to not only survive, but thrive and expand to 16 grocery stores in Utah.

I joined a focus group held at a local Harmon’s store, to find out how they managed to grow and develop their own unique niche in this tough market.

Bob and Randy love to tell people that “they aren’t normal” in serving the needs of their customers.

Some of the things I learned why they “aren’t normal” is that they:
1. Provide fresh, local produce and specialty items.
2. Grind and make their own sausages in-store.
3. Sell only all-natural meat and poultry that’s not plumped with salt water, additives or hormones.
4. Make fresh soups and bakery developed by their own chefs and artisans.

Losing our love handles by Valentine’s Day, has become an annual resolution.  I wanted something healthy to snack on, rather than the usual sugar filled cookies and bars.  One of the gifts for joining their focus group, was a container of fresh almond butter.

This very healthy Almond Butter Granola Bar recipe has no added sugar for sweetening and about 130 calories per bar.  As a bonus, I found them to be very filling.

Without the extra sweet sugar boost, they may seem a little bland.  So other ways to jazz up this recipe would be to drizzle some chocolate on top, mix in more dried fruit or perhaps adding a tablespoon of brown sugar.

Just remember to adjust the amount of calories accordingly (sorry, but no cheating).

What’s your favorite and healthy way to curb the hunger pangs?


4.5 from 4 reviews
Almond Butter Granola Bars
Recipe type: snack
Serves: 12
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Many granola bars are made with honey, syrup or other sweeteners. These bars are tasty, filling and naturally healthy.
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup whole almonds
  • ¼ cup dried apricots
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 cup Crispy Rice or rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 160C/350F.
  2. Line wide loaf tin with parchment paper.
  3. In a small pot, heat almond butter and mashed bananas.
  4. Stir gently until well combined.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In a food processor, coarse chop the almonds, apricots, cranberries, cherries, and raisins.
  7. Transfer to a bowl.
  8. Mix in seeds, rice or oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  9. Fold in the almond butter mixture.
  10. Press the batter into prepared loaf tin.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  12. Let cool before cutting into bars/squares.
  13. Store in airtight container.

More healthy Granola Bar recipes can be found From the Kitchen of Cookin’ Canuck.

  22 Responses to “How Can A Normal Family Owned Store Survive”

  1. What a fabulous recipe; healthy and tasty, not to mention filling too. I agree it’s so hard for small stores to keep going now that the multi million dollar corporations have taken over the scene, but well done to Harmon’s which looks full of healthy and nutritious fare. I do miss the personal service and home-made-ness that comes with small stores.

    • So true. They are trying to keep that family store feeling and their employees love working there. I’m going to make this recipe often to help with trying to diet smart.

  2. Thank you for the recipe, looks delicious 🙂

  3. Those bars sound delicious! I wish I had an oven. Could this be my reason for splurging on a counter top unit? 🙂

    Small grocery owners in Korea (and there is a convenience store on almost every corner) have lobbied the government to mandate that the big grocers close every second Sunday. They have succeeded. They offer nothing special, so I just don’t shop on those Sundays!

    • It’s interesting how small grocery owners are struggling in other countries. If they don’t offer a reason to shop there, how can they survive.

  4. Oh these sound like a really delicious snack! Definitely going to have to try them.

  5. Yummm! This looks so delicious! I love the fact that they are healthier than the regular stuff. Thanks so much for sharing. I may give it a try! 🙂

    • I have tweaked and improved on this recipe every time I make it. It’s one of the big reasons that I don’t mind being on a diet since it’s a treat without the sugary calories.

  6. I love this story. I love to hear the successes of small businesses like this… esp grocers..

    • This family is really trying to update and keep up with the trends. It isn’t easy to compete with the big box stores.

  7. The recipe looks great!! But we are all about the little guy getting beat by the big box stores. They are crushing the mom and pop and we need to fix this..

    • Well my point is the mom and pop stores have to also step up and be competitive. This is accomplished by having items that the big box store doesn’t stock.

  8. that recipe looks great. so sad that more and more family owned business are closing.

    • I agree that losing family owned businesses are a sad. Their uniqueness is something that future generations won’t know about.

  9. Ah, I like the sound of the recipe! I love the way nuts taste. I’ll have to try it out because my son is allergic to peanuts and almond butter is the usual substitute. So glad you are plugging family businesses! I support our small businesses as much as I can around my neck of the woods. Blessings~

    • I wasn’t aware that an allergy to peanuts doesn’t carry over to almonds. I’m glad I was helpful in your finding another tasty treat for your family.

  10. wow, thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to bake some for my family.

  11. It’s wonderful to see family owned businesses thriving, especially with the monopolization of larger companies. It’s great you highlighted that here. The recipe looks like a great healthy snack. I’ll definitely give it a try. I get so busy sometimes I just grab a banana or apple on the go. This looks like a great way to mix things up. Thank you for sharing!

    • I’m glad you like the idea of the healthy snack for busy people. This family owned business has modernized and have created a unique niche that big box stores don’t have.

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