Forget Store-Bought Dessert, Try Katie Austin’s Take on This Viral Holiday Date Bark

The fitness influencer’s latest sweet treat is making our mouths water.
Katie Austin sports a curly down-do and a pink glossy lip and smiles for the camera.

Katie Austin.

Holiday bark is a seasonal classic, there’s no denying it. The peppermint version made for some of our favorite childhood treats. But there’s more than simply sentimental value attached to the delicious dessert. We still like it for its light feel, often welcome in a season when rich desserts are abundant.

That’s one of the reasons that Katie Austin appreciates the season treat, too. It appears that she also appreciates the viral date version that has been circulating around social media. Her version, which she deemed “incredible,” put a little bit of a spin on the classic. In addition to the dates, which definitely give a different taste and texture to the classic dessert, Austin’s version featured almond butter and pretzels, giving the healthy treat a nice crunch.

If you’re looking to try the popular recipe, look no further than the fitness coach’s delicious spin.

Katie Austin’s Holiday Date Bark

The ingredients

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted and halved
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • Pretzels, crushed
  • Flaky sea salt

The recipe

  1. Cover a small baking tray in tin foil.
  2. Split the dates in half and remove the pits. Spread and press them down onto the tray.
  3. Cover completely with almond butter.
  4. Add the crushed pretzels (the quantity is up to you).
  5. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and melt. Stir to combine.
  6. Pour the melted chocolate over the other layers and spread to cover the whole tray.
  7. Add sea salt to taste.
  8. Freeze for about 15 minutes, or until solid.
  9. Enjoy! 

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.