Add the coconut to a food processor and processor for 5-10 minutes unit it starts to form a paste.
Add the almonds and dates and mix until it forms a thick dough. Add the almond extract if you’re using it.
Add the chocolate and pulse a few times to combine.
Line a square baking pan with saran wrap or parchment paper then firmly press the dough into the pan taking a few minutes to work it into all the corners and smooth it out.
If you want to top it with a layer of chocolate, melt 1/3 cup chocolate (up to 2/3 cup if you want a thick chocolate layer!) on the stovetop or in the microwave then spread it over the bars. Sprinkle a little coconut on top, if desired.