You can save room for this dessert

February is the month for celebrating love — and all of life's equally sweet treats. With this recipe for apple crisp, you can enjoy your dessert without worrying too much about busting your diet: One three-inch square piece has only about 227 calories.

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Apple crisp
2 lbs. baking apples (peeled if you prefer), cored and sliced
7/8 cup flour
1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tsp. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup butter (or a butter substitute like Earth Balance), chilled and cut into small pieces
Brandy (optional)

Toast the walnuts in the oven at 350° for about 6 minutes. Cool and chop into pieces no larger than a quarter-inch (making them less likely to burn). Raise the oven temperature to 375°. Slice the apples into a 9" by 9" unbuttered baking pan. Sprinkle with a little sugar or a little brandy and cinnamon. Mix the flour, sugars, cinnamon, and butter until crumbly. Stir in the walnut pieces. Spread the topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until the topping browns and the fruit is tender and bubbly. Serve warm.

Nutritional information per serving
Calories: 227
Calcium: 2% daily value
Vitamin C: 7% daily value
Vitamin A: 2% daily value
Potassium: 142 mg
Magnesium: 16 mg
Protein: 2 g
Sugar: 20 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Fat: 11 g
Fiber: 2 g
Total Carbohydrate: 33 g
Sodium: 81 mg
Iron: 5% daily value

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