It's been a while since I've done a food post:
The last few months, Hilde has picked up a jones for Starbucks' "Bananas & Creme", one of their cold blended non-coffee drinks.
Whoops, they're discontinuing that particular choice; it's dropped off the menu boards, and while sometimes you can make a special request, the last few times the local Starbucks haven't had any of the banana puree they used to make the drink. (I figure they've probably used up leftover supplies of the puree.)
So I figured I'd try and whip up a home-made substitute, and came up with this:
Knockoff Bananas & Creme
1/3 C. vanilla-flavored liquid coffee creamer
1/3 C. egg whites (I use the packaged egg whites in cardboard cartons)*
1 ripe banana
10-12 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed approximately 1 minute, or until smooth. (Depending on the size of the ice cubes, you might need to add a few teaspoons of water.)
*No, I don't know how they manage to pasteurize the egg whites and still keep them liquid.
Pretty close imitation, I think. Makes a 16-oz drink, about 300 calories if I've figured it right.