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Mule ReFuel Recovery Bar

Mule ReFuel Recovery Bar
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Price: £1.85
Manufacturer: MuleBar
Product Code: MLE004
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MuleBar Refuel Recovery Bar

Mule ReFuel provides a high natural source of protein to help you recover and build muscle after exercise.

High in protein, the ReFuel bars are made for "après" sport recovery usage primarily, but are also well positioned to help athletes and snackers looking to build lean body mass. The bars are the only Fairtrade protein bars on the UK market and are designed to look more like a chocolate bar than a performance bar. Highest quality, 80% whey protein is used as well as MuleBar's normal highest quality fruit.

In the Chocolate & Date flavour dates have been selected as they naturally contain the highest protein content of all fruits. Whilst bananas in the Chocolate & Banana variety are naturally high in potassium and Vitamin B6 helping muscle and nerve reparation.

Recommended Usage

Consume 1 recovery bar within the first 20-60 minutes after exercise.

Immediately after training your cells are most receptive to nutrients. The branch chain amino acids (BCAA) in whey protein are associated with improved muscle recovery and prevention of muscle wasting, whilst high GI sugars have been shown to be excellent for replenishing muscle energy stores in the 24hrs post exercise.

The more you exercise the greater your protein requirements. Average endurance athletes require between 1.2 and 1.7g of protein per kg of their body weight per day. Use this bar as a snack when you can’t get to a proper meal and protect your body’s protein reserves.


Available in Chocolate & Banana or Chocolate & Date

Alternative Pack Sizes

Also available in these sizes -

Additional Product Information

Product Codes

  • MuleBar ReFuel Chocolate & Banana 65g - EAN/UPC 5030131106260
  • MuleBar ReFuel Chocolate & Date 65g - EAN/UPC 5030131106277

Nutritional Information

Nutritional information per 65g bar (values based on chocolate and date flavour) -

  • Energy - 261kcal
  • Protein - 13g
  • Carbohydrate - 38g
  • Fat - 7g
  • Fibre - 1g
  • Sodium - 0.1g


Chocolate & Date - Rice Syrup 33%, DatesF 23%, Whey Protein 20%, AlmondsF 13%, Rice Crisp (Rice Flour, Sugar, Malt Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin) 5%, CocoaF 3%, Chocolate Drops (Cane sugar, Cocoa mass, Cocoa butter, Emulsifier: soya lecithin) 3%.

Chocolate & Banana - Rice Syrup 32%, BananaF 25%, Whey Protein 20%, AlmondsF 13%, Rice Crisp (Rice Flour, Sugar, Malt Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin) 5%, Chocolate Drops (Cane sugar, Cocoa mass, Cocoa butter, Emulsifier: soya lecithin) 3%, Cocoa 1%, Water 1%.

Allergen & Dietary Information

Contains Nuts, Soya & Dairy.

Fairtrade ingredients, total 42%, the Fairtrade Certification Mark is your independent guarantee that the Fairtrade ingredients in this product have been certified in accordance with international Fairtrade Standards.

Press Reviews

Triathlon Plus

Mule Bar’s Refuel is the only Fair Trade bar on the market. The chocolate chunks help to break up the fruity consistency and avoid any dry aftertaste. The high fruit content means it’s a high calorie snack with a relatively low proportion of protein, but that makes it potentially more versatile outside of pure recovery use. Verdict: 4/5.

Source: Best Protein Bars For Triathletes, Triathlon Plus, April 2013

Functional Sports Nutrition

Best Buy For Energy Content - Mule Refuel is now an international brand that started up as a small business in Wiltshire in 2002. They use organic and fairtrade ingredients whenever possible of the Refuel bars, which come in Chocolate Date and Chocolate Banana flavours, are the protein enriched version of the original Energy Bars. The 13g of protein comes mostly from whey and just like the energy bars, the base ingredients are dried fruit, nuts, and rice crisps. The bars are free from sugars and artificial ingredients. Mule ReFuel are the winners of the Energy Content category because the manage to pack 261 healthy calories into a 65g bar.

Source: Functional Sports Nutrition Magazine, December 2011

220 Triathlon

These Mule bars make a good recovery food, being far less processed than the majority of bars on the market. Each bar contains around 260 calories, 38g carbohydrate and 13g protein, so they’re ideal for immediate refuelling.

The sugars (carbohydrates) come mainly from rice syrup, date and banana, and the main source of protein is whey protein. Despite Mule’s reputation for tasty energy treats, the Refuel proved chewy, the flavouring (Chocolate and Date, and Chocolate and Banana) highly divisive in our taste test and some found them sickly post-workout. If so, a banana might better suit. But they’re certainly appropriate for refuelling, especially during the 30-45 minute window of opportunity when the muscles are most receptive to uptake of glucose and amino acids.

Another drawback, though, is that they contain the three top allergens – soya, nuts and dairy – making them out of bounds for those with food allergies. Rating - 8.

Source: 220 Triathlon Magazine, May 2010


Mule Bar's unique selling point is the use of entirely natural and, where possible, Fair Trade-sourced ingredients. In terms of nutrition, the figures seem bang on the money. Each 65g square bar packs in 260 calories consisting of 13g of protein, 38g of carbohydrate and just 7g of fat. I put them to the test in several demanding events last summer, where recovery was critical. Multi-day events such as the Tour of Wessex and the Cent Cols Challenge turned out to be tough proving grounds. As your 'recovery strategy' starts the moment you stop cycling, being able to get a dose of protein and carbs into your body quickly is essential and fortunately the ReFuel bars hit the spot.

Verdict - Mule Bar's ReFuel bar packs all the ingredients needed for recovery while managing to actually taste really damn good.

Source: RCUK


You've finished your training session and you're tired, sweaty and in need of a good wash. It's easy at this point to think of your session as finished, throw the bike in the car and head home. However, protein recovery supplements can be an easy way to shorten your recuperation and get more from your hard work.

There are a few recovery drinks and bars on the market that feel like a workout to digest. However, Mule Bar's Re Fuel bar is a genuinely tasty morsel that boosts a good quantity of protein to aid your damaged and aching muscles, adequate carbs and is low in saturated fat. Even better, Mule Bar keeps up your green credentials by sticking to Fair Trade regulations. What more can you ask for? In our eyes, this is the perfect post-ride bar.

Source: MBR Magazine, August 2009

Cycling Weekly

Mule Bar Fuel bars are some of the tastiest, moistest bars that you can eat on the bike, aiming to use Fairtrade and organic ingredients wherever possible. Recovery bars were missing from the line-up until now.

ReFuel bars are Fairtrade certified and use a balance of high, medium and low-glycaemic index ingredients. High-GI rice syrup has been added for a high-calorie source, with low-GI whey protein balancing this to provide no fat but 20 per cent of protein in a 65g bar to rebuild muscle. High in carbohydrates, iron and vitamin B, rice crisps are added and with the remaining ingredients being natural you are not putting anything bad into your body. The bars are made in the UK, in two flavours, Chocolate Date and Chocolate Banana.

Source: Cycling Weekly Magazine, April 30, 2009


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