Ok, here it is: the secret to baking healthy.
1. Take your fave recipe, say for Pumpkin Bread and reduce the sugar by 1/4 to 1/2 cup less than what it calls for.
2. Swap part of the butter or oil for mashed fruit, such as applesauce or banana that is not a strong flavor but will lend moistness and provide natural sweetener.
3. Use egg whites instead of whole eggs, or for vegan recipes, a mixture of apple cider vinegar and nondairy milk, or flax meal with water as an egg substitute.
4. Sub some of the regular or gluten-free flour with almond meal, or better yet, what I will now dub "power meal": half almond meal, a fourth quinoa flour and a fourth ground chia or flax.