Soak the dates in warm water for twenty minutes (this makes them easier to blend!). in a food processor or blender, chop the almonds.
You can grind them into a flour or leave some a bit chunky for texture.
Pour the almonds into a bowl and add in the cocoa powder.
In a food processor or blender, blend the dates, vanilla and water until a paste forms.
Scoop out the paste into the almond mixture and mix to combine.
Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
Line an 8x4 pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the pan and using another piece of parchment paper, press the mixture into the pan until even.
Top with additional chopped almonds, if desired.
Place in the freezer for one hour to set.
Remove from freezer and cut int o five bars.