“No Excuses” Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie

Single Serving Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

I walk around with a constant level of anxiety.  And when I say constant, I really do mean that.  I’m even anxious when I sleep.  It is hard to explain.

Baking has been my escape from the anxiety.  Whenever I need to shut out the world and turn off the nerves.  I get in the kitchen.  I brown butter, whisk eggs, pinch salt, sift flour, stir batter, scoop dough, bake cookies, share them with friends, bring people joy.  It is all so beautiful and relaxing to me.  It is my therapy.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lately baking hasn’t been so therapeutic.  I am trying to learn a whole new baking “language.”  I am bumbly in the kitchen, unsure of myself… frustrated… grouchy…anxious.

But I know from experience that this will pass.  I will learn. I will become comfortable.  And I will be an overall better baker because of it.

Single Serving Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

But last night I just needed something familiar.  I needed some good old baking therapy.  And cookies were definitely the answer.  Cookies are what I’m known for (as much as someone who nobody knows can be known for something.)  Cookies are what my family and friends request from me.  They are my forte.  So I baked some cookies for our work picnic and for my dentist (who also happens to be my sister-in-law) in hopes that she and her staff would be super gentle while fixing my tooth this morning.  They were.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was determined to make these cookies purely as baking therapy and not let myself eat them.  The inevitable migraine that would result if I did eat one would not be worth it.  But do you know how difficult it is to not have a cookie when warm cookies are in the oven?!  REALLY DIFFICULT!  So after doing some web surfing, I found a single serving cookie recipe PERFECT for this occasion.  A “no excuses” cookie recipe.  It came out soft and gooey and really hit the spot.  And it is grain free, refined sugar free and dairy free!  I also made the cookies for my co-workers and family a little healthier too.  Less sugar and with whole wheat flour.  Everyone really loved them which makes me smile :)

Single Serving Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie (paleo)


  • 1 1/2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp whisked egg, or equivalent egg replacement (energ egg replacer, flax eggs, chia eggs)
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana or date puree, or applesauce
  • 1 tsp sweetener such as honey, agave, or stevia (optional)
  • 1 tbsp mix-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, etc…)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Add desired mix ins.
  5. Shape cookie into desired shape. The cookie will not spread so shape it how you want it to come out of the oven.
  6. Bake for 8-12 minutes until lightly browned.

adapted from The Diva Dish

Single Serving Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal flour (oats ground to a fine flour in a blender. also sold in the grocery store)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans


  1. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir continuously until the butter becomes an amber color. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and incorporate.
  6. Mix in the flours in small batches until a stiff dough forms.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts with clean hands.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes until just set around the edges.


    • says

      Well I don’t know if I am a genius, but I guess I won’t argue! I need built in self restraint cause lord knows I can go crazy with the sweets!

  1. pamasaurus says

    These sound delicious!!

    I am anxious when I sleep as well, so I understand what you mean completely!

  2. says

    You know the phrase “single-serving” doesn’t really go with those chocolate chip cookies you’ve made. In fact, it doesn’t go with any chocolate chip cookie. Who can have a single-serving of those things anyway! They look gorgeous!

  3. says

    Besides the beauty in single serve… I love that these cookies are vegan and grain free. I’ve been baking a bit with coconut flour lately and it definitely has a mind of it’s own. I haven’t found many options that use it and are also vegan. Can’t wait to give these a try!

  4. says

    You always help me make great cookies and these look like more inspiration. I actually have some new cookies in the oven right now! You’ll see them tomorrow if you look :D. Thanks for all the advice you’ve ever given me regarding cookies.

    • says

      Aww thanks Nick! Glad I can be of some inspiration! You definitely inspire me to be more thoughtful about how much I spend on ingredients! Can’t wait to see how your cookies turned out!

  5. says

    These cookie recipes have me very excited! I love cookies, but try not to make them all the time because I eat them all. These look awesome though and I can’t wait to try them!

    • says

      Let me know if you do try them and what you think! I am very glad to have this recipe to fall back on when I am really craving something sweet and warm out of the oven!

  6. says

    I can completely relate to baking being therapy. Ive had so many health problems over the last nine months and I find that cooking and blogging really helps me take my mind off things. I hope you dont feel so anxious soon and that the cookie helped :-)

    • says

      It definitely helped me unwind. I’m sorry you are having health problems, that is never any fun. But glad you have such a good outlet for your stress!

  7. Zenkő Bogdán says

    I tried the slightly healthier ones today and they are delicious. Only that I had to switch the oatmeal flour to one cup of oatmeal, but it works perfectly. So, thank you for sharing :)

  8. Ulrike Soltau says

    Did you really used your big oven for this single cookie?
    Dont you think it felt a bit lonely?
    Do you think this could be done in a toaster oven as well, just to save some energy.

    • Baker Bettie says

      I did use my big oven, but I was also baking that other batch of cookies I talked about in the post for my friends. You could definitely use your toaster oven. Turn the temp down a bit and watch it closely. It will bake fast!


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