Mix the bar ingredients together in a mixing bowl. When it's done, it will be the consistency and feel of a medium-wet cookie dough. It should hold it's form but be slightly sticky.
Press the dough into a snack bar baking pan (see samples below) and bake at 350 F. for 30 minutes.
Cool and remove from pan.
While the bars are baking, melt the chocolate in the microwave. First for 1 minute, and then for 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir every time the microwave stops so you don't burn the chocolate.
Stir in the topping ingredients in the order listed, making sure to add the vanilla at the end and ONLY after the chocolate's temperature has gotten between 100 and 110 degrees F. A simple kitchen thermometer will help you well here.
Spoon the chocolate over the bars, top with the almond if desired and freeze for about 30 minutes to set the chocolate.
Store in the refrigerator.