Ten Vintage Sugarless Dessert Recipes

Ten sweet, satisfying, yet sugar-free dessert recipes from The Better Days Book Frugal Food Bible!



1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 pint hot milk
Let stand until milk is absorbed.
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup molasses
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
½ teaspoon mixed spices, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, mace and ginger
⅔ cup raisins, dates and prunes (steamed 5 minutes)

Mix and bake 45 minutes.


½ cup pearl tapioca or sago
3 cups water
¼ lb. dried apricots, prunes, dates or raisins
⅛ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fat
½ cup corn syrup

Soak fruit in water 1 hour. Add other ingredients. Cook directly over fire 5 minutes, then over hot water until clear, about 45 minutes.


6 slices stale bread
¼ cup fat
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon corn syrup
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup marmalade or preserves

Mix eggs, corn syrup, salt and milk. Dip bread and brown in frying pan. Spread with marmalade or preserves. Pile in baking dish. Cover with any of the custard mixture which is left. Cover with meringue. Bake 15 minutes.


2 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup milk
1 tablespoon fat
2 tablespoons sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ lb. washed and scalded prunes, dates, figs or raisins
2 teaspoons baking powder

To prunes, add ½ cup water and soak 10 minutes. Simmer in same water until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain prunes and mash to a pulp. Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add beaten egg and milk. Mix to a dough. Roll out thin, spread with prune pulp, sprinkle with two tablespoons sugar. Roll the mixture and place in greased baking dish. Bake 30 to 40 minutes. Take half cup of juice from prunes, add 1 tablespoon corn syrup. Bring to boiling point. Serve as sauce for prune roll.


1 pint milk
⅛ cup cornstarch
2 yolks of eggs
⅓ cup orange marmalade
½ teaspoon vanilla
Few grains of salt

Mix cornstarch with ¼ cup of cold milk. Scald rest of milk, add cornstarch, and stir until thick. Cook over hot water 20 minutes. Add rest of ingredients. Cook, stirring 5 minutes. Chill and serve with two whites of eggs, beaten stiff, to which has been added 2 tablespoons orange marmalade. Two ounces grated chocolate and ⅓ cup corn syrup may be substituted for marmalade.


2 cups strong boiling coffee
2 tablespoons gelatin (granulated)
2 tablespoons cold water
¼ cup corn syrup
1 cup condensed milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
Soak gelatin in cold water until soft. Add coffee and stir until dissolved. Add other ingredients. Chill. One-quarter cup of marshmallows may be cut up and added just before chilling.


2 cups of left-over canned fruit or cooked dried fruit
2 cups of the juice or water
¼ cup corn syrup
2 tablespoons gelatin
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Soften the gelatin in 2 tablespoons of the juice or water. Add the rest of the fruit after it has been heated. When the gelatin is dissolved, add the fruit, lemon juice and corn syrup. Pour in mold.


1 cup cooked cereal
2 cups milk
1½ tablespoons fat
1 cup dates
¼ cup corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Cook over hot water until thick, and boil or bake 20 minutes. Serve with hot maple syrup.


Fill cored apples with 1 tablespoon honey, corn syrup, chopped dates, raisins, marmalade, or chopped popcorn mixed with corn syrup in the proportion of two tablespoons of syrup to a cup of corn. Put one-quarter inch of water in pan. Bake until tender and serve apples in pan with syrup as sauce.


Core apples. Cut just through the skin around the center of the apple. Fill the center with popcorn and 1 teaspoon of corn syrup. Bake 30 minutes.


The Better Days Books Frugal Food Bible: Practical Advice for Feeding Your Family During Hard Economic Times From Americans Who Survived and Thrived In Tougher Times Than These contains more than 400 pages of classic frugal food recipes, household hints, money saving tips, backyard gardening guidance and more!

The Better Days Books Frugal Food Bible is available from the publisher at www.BetterDaysBooks.com, or from Amazon.com and other fine on-line booksellers.


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