Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Grapefruit

A sour twist of an all-time favorite treat.

What to do when Mr. Henderson has gone for the week? Well, like they say, “when the cat’s away, the mice will play.”

And so, that’s what I’m doing. For me, this means a juice cleanse. Wild and crazy, right?

I know for most of you that may sound awful and not fun at all, but I’m really enjoying it. I’m having juice for breakfast and for dinner and eating healthy, smaller meals in between. Breaking myself out my routine.

It’s not that I’m trying to lose weight or anything like that, but sometimes it just feels good to give your body a little reboot. And when Matt isn’t here, it’s easy for me to just drink juice.

Grapefruit Juice in the morning.

I was inspired to buy a juicer when one of my favorite bloggers, Lisa from With Style & Grace, did a week of juice posts. They all sounded so delicious, that I just had to try it. In one of her posts, Lisa recommended a low cost juicer, the Waring JEX328 Health Juice Extractor, and I figured, “why not?” You never know unless you try!

So far it’s great! I’m totally loving juicing. Much more than drinking my same old smoothies every morning. They’re less filling, make me feel lighter throughout the day, and in general give me more energy. As we speak, I’m sipping on a beet, carrot, apple and cabbage juice. Purple and delicious.

In case you were curious, here are Lisa’s five amazing juice recipes that got me hooked:


You must be wondering how cookies come into the picture of this healthy meal plan.

I’ve been doing some reading about juicing (and pinning a ton of recipes!) and I noticed that a lot of people were talking about the pulp. What do you do with all the extra pulp?

One of the most important things when juicing is to buy organic fruits and vegetables (as much as possible at least). I’ve been buying 100% organic for this mini-cleanse and that means more money spent at the grocery store.

When my juicer is done and ready to be cleaned, there is usually about a cup of pulp left over! It makes me cringe thinking about wasting all those healthy ingredients (and money). So I thought about experimenting a little bit.


How can you hide juice pulp? I was thinking crackers, but this juice was fruit so I wanted something sweet. Breads, muffins, and scones all crossed my mind, until finally I settled on cookies. Cookies you can really play around with. They’re very forgiving.

Lately, I’ve been craving a good chocolate chip cookie (which I haven’t made in ages – my very first post was a chocolate chip cookie recipe), and so I figured I would start with that. I know my basic cookie recipe (flour, eggs, sugar, butter), but I tweaked it slightly to be 100% vegan and gluten-free. My juice pulp (grapefruit juice) was my egg.


Just because I’m on a juice cleanse doesn’t mean I can’t eat cookies. One would think that I’d be focusing on eating completely healthy this week, but as you know, I’m a serious dessert person and I like my treats.

My goal with this week’s cleanse is to drink my juice for breakfast and dinner and eat balanced snacks during the day. That doesn’t mean no treats.

I’ve been munching on quinoa granola bites, homemade hummus and veggies, homemade pesto wraps and any other healthy snacks I can think of. But now I have cookies to add into the mix. A perfect little post lunch treat to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Grapefruit

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Grapefruit

These cookies turned out to be absolutely amazing. I was worried about the texture before I popped them in the oven, but my goodness they are delicious. They’re soft and chewy, not gooey, but slightly cakey and fluffy. Seriously, I think these are the best cookies I have made to date. That’s a big accomplishment.

dry ingredients:


wet ingredients:


additional ingredients:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the coconut oil, sugar and grapefruit juice pulp together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Add the coconut milk and stir with a wooden spoon until it’s mixed together. Fold in the rolled oats, shredded coconut and carob chips, until well combined.
Spoon the dough into little balls and place on the parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake in the center of a warmed oven for 14 minutes or until slightly browned, but still soft.

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Makes 10 small cookies – this is a half batch.

Other gluten-free cookies you may enjoy:

This recipe is also featured on Recipe Lion’s March Blog Hop which is all about Spring and the amazing recipes that are inspired by this time of year! Click on the button below to learn more about this great event and to enter the giveaway!


  • Sarah

    Thanks for participating in our latest Blog Hop! Remember, voting starts Monday at midnight, CST. So spread the word! 😉

    Sarah @ RecipeLion

    • admin

      Thanks Sarah! I’m excited to be part of this month’s Blog Hop. Hopefully my recipe will get some votes – they’re the best Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve ever made!

      Enjoy, Alyssa

  • The Queen of Quinoa

    Thanks for visiting Sarah! I'm happy to be part of this month's Blog Hop and hope I get some votes :)

    Have a great weekend! Alyssa

  • Jonathan

    I myself have been experimenting with different fruits to sub for eggs/fat, with kiwi being my latest success story. And keeping with the 'great minds' theme, I'm going through a "juice vacation," too. Definitely does a body, mind, and soul good!

    These cookies look and sound wonderful – Thank you for sharing, Alyssa!

  • Eftychia

    Delicious cookies. Thanks for sharing.

  • The Queen of Quinoa

    Kiwi…I LOVE it! What was your recipe? Chocolate Chip Cookies? Mmm sounds so good. Hope you share the recipe :)

    Glad to hear your juice vacay is going well. It really does make you feel like a whole new person!

  • The Queen of Quinoa

    Thanks for visiting! Hope you like the cookies :)

  • Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny)

    Found you through the RecipeLion blog hop and I have pinned your recipe to my Gluten-Free Goodness board. Best of luck in the contest.

    If you like linky parties, I would love to have you swing by on Friday for Weekend Potluck. Link on one blog but it shows on four. Always incredible. :)

  • The Queen of Quinoa

    Thanks for visiting Penny! I'm glad you like the recipe – I hope I win 😉

    The Weekend Potluck sounds great! I'll look for it on your blog. The more recipes I can share, the happier I am!