Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

Finally…a paleo recipe on Gluten Free Jess! I know I am way late to the paleo party, but I think you will be quite happy with this little paleo-friendly treat! I know that many people probably roll their eyes when they hear the word “paleo” because it is so often associated with the cross-fit obsessed and health conscious. However, if you do your research on the paleo diet it has been around for a long time. It is a complete game changer for people with auto-immune diseases and difficulty with their digestive and gut health. What I love about paleo recipes is that they are friendly for people on gluten and dairy free diets and incorporate lots of healthy ingredients.


I have to admit I had to do some research to make sure the ingredients in these Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie actually were paleo because it is not a diet that I follow regularly. If you are a paleo expert and something is wrong in here…please let me know! I had difficulty finding an exact answer on chocolate being paleo or what kind of chocolate is ok. I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels which are dairy free These do contain cane sugar so not 100% paleo, but Danielle Walker of Against All Grain has referenced this brand in her recipes so I am saying it counts.

The dough before microwaving.

If you are on a paleo diet and need a sweet treat this mug cookie will definitely do the trick. It is quick and easy to make and has ingredients that you likely have on-hand if you do a lot of paleo or gluten free baking. I like these single-serve type of desserts because then there isn’t a big batch of treats tempting you around the house and there is virtually no mess to clean up.


Paleo or not…I hope you give this delicious mug cookie a try! Have a wonderful rest of your week!



Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie
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Serves: 1 mug cookie
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1½ tbsp organic coconut sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp almond meal flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1-2 tbsp dairy and additive free dark chocolate chips
  1. Add coconut oil to a mug or small bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds until the oil is melted.
  2. Stir in coconut sugar, salt, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Stir in egg yolk until completely blended in.
  4. Add almond flour and stir well.
  5. Mix in desired amount of chocolate chips.
  6. Microwave for 55 seconds.
-Make sure to use a microwave safe bowl or mug.


36 thoughts on “Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie”

  • Wow this might possibly be the best mug dessert I’ve ever had! The only sub I made was to use palm shortening in place of the coconut oil, because I don’t really care for coconut oil. Awesome recipe

  • Made this last night and we both loved them. We will definitely make this recipe again. Nice to have on hand and not have to make a whole batch of cookies and this is ready in minute. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Totally trying this tonight! I don’t have chocolate chips at hand, but I’ll be subbing either dark chocolate bar chopped into pieces, or dried cranberries, or both! 🙂

  • Okay, so I’ve tried probably 50 mug recipies in my time-including with butter and all the other “real stuff”. I’ve recently gone paleo and gave this recipie a try. It’s amazing! It has that yummy cookie texture a lot of others recipies lack. So good! Thanks for sharing.

  • This is amazing. I make it ALL the time! I’ve learned it’s a great base for many flavor variations. I absolutely love the texture of this mug cookie, and it tastes great no matter what add-ins I use.

    • Thanks, Becky!! I am so glad to hear that. Would love to know what kind of things you have been adding. Yum!

  • It’s 85 degrees in my apartment and I wanted something sweet. Didn’t want to heat up the oven to bake something, so I searched for a paleo mug something. Found this recipe, had all the ingredients on hand and decided to try it. WOW! It was just what I needed!
    I used blanched almond flour, and realized that your picture looked like you used almond meal (with the almond skins). yes?
    I only used 1 Tablespoon of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. Just enough.
    Also, I’m gluten free, but my hubby has type 2 diabetes. I let him have half of the cookie and half a cookie was just enough for each of us. However, for his sake, I am wondering if there is a way to lower the sugar amount without compromising the texture of the cookie.
    I’m looking forward to making this cookie frequently.

    • Rosalie- Thanks for commenting! So happy you and your husband enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for pointing out the almond flour…I will clarify in the recipe but you are correct, I used Bob’s Red Mill Almond meal so it does have more texture than the blanched. You could cut down the sugar a bit and see what happens. I think it will be ok. You could also use a darker chocolate to reduce sugar.

  • Dude. This is amazing!!! I’ve been trying to get my eating back on track after the holidays and have been doing well. Tonight I was hungry and wanted something to satisfy my sweet tooth. I googled “Paleo single serve dessert” and this came up. I’m SO glad I tried it!!! Seriously SO good!!! I’m not a fan of the gooey texture of most mug desserts I’ve tried and this one was superbly thick. THANK YOU!!!

      • I still make this all the time. It is my go-to for a quick, healthy, delicious dessert! So thanks again! I am still a fan…along with my hubby and some of my kids. Haha

      • Catie,

        This makes me so happy! I know I haven’t posted anything forever but hope to again someday soon! My kids we both little so it’s tough. I am glad to know some recipes are still being made from my page. ❤️

  • I’ve noticed when I use a medium-sized egg, my cookie comes out dry. Would you suggest using the whole egg? Or maybe two egg yolks?

    Hubby and I are WAYYYY too addicted to this recipe (haha!)

    • Candace I am so glad you love these! I make this all the time! I do usually buy large eggs. I have never tried the recipe with the white, but you could do slightly less flour too.

  • Best mug dessert ever!! I added a good splash of almond extract and put a scoop of sea salt caramel gelato on top. Heavenly!

  • My husband and I absolutely love these! I eat Paleo and sometimes he does, but he was overeating sweets at night and it made his body feel terrible. I got him to try this and he loves it too! Plus, he doesn’t feel bad afterward. I sometimes do half meal and half almond flour and it turns out good too. But we love them just as they are. Thank you!!!

    • Hi Amanda! I am so glad you guys love the recipe! I don’t have the nutrition info because it will depend on some of the specific brands and ingredients you use.

  • This is by far the best cookie mug cake I have ever tried. I make this on repeat throughout my weeks after dinner. It’s the perfect dessert and forces me to have self control since it’s just one. I use Paleo butter instead of the coconut oil sometimes and don’t use a full Tbsp. I have also done it with a flax egg and it works well, just alters the color a bit. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

    • I am so glad you love it! I make it a lot too. It cures a sweet tooth without letting me go overboard. Good to know that a flax egg works too.

  • I subbed about a 1/2 tbsp of honey for coconut sugar. It really tastes like a buttery cookie!
    I’ve been scouring the web and testing out different almond flour mug cake recipes for quite some time now, and I’m glad I stumbled upon this one.

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