Sick of the overly sweet when it comes to race day nutrition? Us too, which is why the new MuleBar Eastern Express came as such a pleasant surprise, bucking the sugary trend and adding a dash of the exotic savoury.
MuleBar have always delighted in doing things a little differently with a rage of flavours including Piñacolada, Mango Tango and Strudel and it’s perhaps no surprise that they have produced something as quirky as the Eastern Express given that tentative steps had already been taken with the hallway-house sweet/savoury Liquorice Allsports bar.
MuleBar Eastern Express combines pistachios, almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds with an exotic blend of nigella seeds, cayenne pepper and garam masala (itself a heady mix of coriander, cumin, ginger, cassia, black pepper and cloves.) The result is a little like a Bombay Mix with dominant pistachio and a welcome saltiness; on paper there’s a danger that description doesn’t sound great, but trust us it tastes it.
Whilst the savouriness and salt hits the spot and proves a welcome break from the same-old sugary sweetness of most bars, the texture comes as a pleasant surprise too; so often, and regardless of the mix of bars you might try, texture becomes repetitive but the MuleBar Eastern Express helps mix things up on this front too with a bit of crunch.
As you might expect from a bar with such a high percentage of nuts and seeds (about 20% by weight) there’s a significant delivery of protein – 7.1g per 56g bar – making them good for recovery too. By way of contrast, taking the Mango Tango flavour as being fairly representative, that would serve up just 4g per 56g bar. But Eastern Express doesn’t skimp on the energy levels with an impressive 265Kcal per bar, actually higher than the Mango’s 201Kcal, and 22.5g of carbs (15.2g of which are sugars). All this makes the Eastern Express a credible mix not just a novelty flavour.
Of course the bars do benefit from a swig of water to help them digest, yet, despite the salty savouriness, no more so than your average sweet energy bar.
MuleBar Eastern Express bars are available in packs of 5 at £7.99, 12 at £19.00, 24 at £38.00 and, representing a 10% saving, boxes of 48 at £68.00. Full details and online purchase at MuleBar.com