Toasting the almonds adds a nutty flavor and brown specks to these light-color bars. To toast nuts, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until nuts are lightly browned, stirring once or twice.
To save time, use a food processor to coarsely chop the 1 cup almonds.
Place bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.