Mocha Almond Bars

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If you like almonds you’ll love these bars!

½ cup (1 stick) margarine, softened
¼ cup almond paste
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
1 tablespoon soy milk or nondairy creamer
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/3 cups flour
¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, process the margarine, almond paste and sugar until smooth. Pulse in egg until completely incorporated. Dissolve coffee in soy milk and add to mixture. Add flour and process until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and the nuts. Pour into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Drizzle with some melted chocolate if desired.

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