Sargent Choice Apple Crisp-Off!

By Jenni Porto, Social Media & Promotions Intern, Sargent Choice Nutrition Center

Every Thursday until October 27th, BU Dining Services hosts a farmer’s market at the GSU Plaza from 12 noon – 5pm.


Apple season is upon us, and with it comes delicious recipes!  Last week, we decided to shake things up a bit at the BU farmer’s market by competing in an apple crisp bake-off.

Student with crisp

The competition was tough and consisted of a variety of fruit crisps submitted from each of the dining halls on campus. The competitors included: Cranberry-Pear from Fresh Food Co., Blueberry-Peach from Towers, Triple-Berry from Shelton Hall, Blueberry-Pear from Myles Standish Hall, and our fiercest competitor—A traditional Apple crisp from the GSU.

GSU and SC

At Sargent Choice, we believe food should be healthy as well as delicious, and our recipe (boasting whole-wheat ingredients, canola oil in place of butter and reduced sugar) fits that bill. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what samplers of the dish had to say:

“It’s way better than a few of them. I actually like it better than my favorite Sargent choice food…I appreciate the fact that it’s a little lighter.”

“It’s definitely the best one I’ve had.”

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Didn’t get a chance to stop by to try some? No problem! We’ve got the recipe so you can try it out for yourself:

Sargent Choice Apple Crisp Recipe:


  • 3 lbs apples (approx. 9 medium apples), sliced
  • 1 TB Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 TB cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1. For the topping: Combine flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and canola oil in a medium bowl and work them together with a fork or your fingertips until uniformly moistened.

2. To make the filling:  Combine the apples peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices), lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch.

3. To assemble:  Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer the apple mixture to the dish. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.  Bake until the apples are fork-tender and the topping is golden brown, about 35-45 minutes.

Serves 12

And since nothing tastes better than fresh ingredients, check out this list of places to go apple picking in the Boston area: Gather your friends together and go for a fun day of fall weather and delicious produce!

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