Silvana Nardone’s Gluten Free Peanut Butter Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts

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It is DAY 30 of Gluten Free Baking With KitchenAid, which means it is the LAST DAY to enter to win the 7QT KitchenAid Stand Mixer! We have had an incredible month of delicious gluten free recipes created by some of the top gluten free bloggers in the world. So, it is only fitting that we wrap up our celebration in style with these SENSATIONAL gluten free peanut butter glazed chocolate midnight doughnuts created by the incomparable Silvana Nardone from Silvana's Kitchen. These doughnuts are rich and DELICIOUS. I had never made doughnuts before, and Scott and I had SO much fun! Silvana will be featuring these babies in the May/June issue of Easy Eats magazine. How lucky are we that we get to sample them first?! Do not miss making these doughnuts, they are INCREDIBLE. Once you taste them you will be fighting your way to Silvana's Kitchen for more! 

Silvana is a culinary goddess. She has had a long and very impressive career in the culinary world. She started her publishing career at seventeen as an intern for American Express Custom Publishing. As a writer, editor, cooking instructor and food consultant, she coauthored Saveur Cooks Authentic Italian. She was also an editor at Food & Wine magazine before opening her successful Italian bakery, Fanciulla. Silvana is very well known for her many years as the founding editor-in-chief of Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine, where she was also the “No-Recipe Zone” and “Sweet Spot” columnist, and was honored with the magazine industry’s top awards. But Silvana's pride and joy is her gluten free cookbook, Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals, sharing recipes she made with her son.

Currently, Silvana is the editor-in-chief of the fabulous gluten free online magazine Easy Eats, as well as writing the Healthy Eats blog for the Food Network, her own blog, Silvana's Kitchen, not to mention many engagements as food lifestyle expert, writer, recipe developer, and motivational speaker. She also has many other exciting projects yet to be announced. Silvana has appeared on countless TV shows including: ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Weekend Today, CBS’s News This Morning, ABC’s Eyewitness News This Morning and the Food Network’s Roker on the Road. She has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York, TimeOut New York, The Associated Press, and on many websites, including AOL Health, iVillageFood, and Babble. 

Whilst this is all extremely impressive, what I love the most about Silvana and her website is the love she shows for her family and friends, as well as her passion for good food and stories. I have immense admiration and respect for her uncompromising integrity. Throughout her professional journey, with all of her successes, she has remained authentic to who she is, and keeps her family as her number one priority. First and foremost, she is "a mom, a wife, a friend." When we had dinner together after Nourished a few weeks ago, she opened up about her trips to Italy with her brother, and her passion for Italian cooking and writing. I can't wait until she finally publishes another Italian cookbook with some of her family's legacy recipes accompanied with the stories she told me. 

Silvana celebrates this love of kinship and story on her blog, one recipe at a time, with the innate understanding that the best conversations and memories involve enjoying a meal with the people you love. For her, it is her husband Stephen (a professional photographer who took the amazing photo of today's recipe) and their two beautiful children. After her son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, she changed the way the family ate, and she shares all of her personal knowledge and memories of gluten free living with us. Trust me, every time you "batter up" with her, you will be warmed with stories about her family, and wishing you were in Silvana's Kitchen. 

Silvana, thank you for participating in this event and sharing your delicious chocolate peanut butter doughnuts. You inspire me.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Scott Gross.
For more information about these doughnuts, check out the May/June issue of Easy Eats Magazine.
To learn more about Silvana Nardone, check out Silvana's Kitchen.
Purchase a copy of her fabulous book, Cooking for Isaiah.
Follow Silvana on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Silvana Nardone’s Gluten Free Peanut Butter Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts

  • for the doughnuts:
  • 1½ cups Silvana’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp Celtic sea salt
  • for the glaze:
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup vegan buttery spread
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • toppings:
  • 1 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped, for sprinkling
  1. To make the doughnuts:
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 / 350º.
  3. Grease two nonstick 6-doughnut baking pans with cooking spray.
  4. In your stand mixer, whisk together the cocoa powder and boiling water; let cool completely.
  5. Then whisk in the eggs, oil and vanilla.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  7. Slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
  8. Fill the prepared pans with about ¼ cup batter in each doughnut mold.
  9. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean – about 15 to 18 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, to make the glaze:
  11. In a small saucepan, melt together the peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and rice syrup over medium heat, stirring until smooth.
  12. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze and top with crushed peanuts. YUMMO!
  13. Makes 12 doughnuts.
  14. Prep Time: 12 minutes. Bake Time: 18 minutes

Photo courtesy of Stephen Scott Gross.
For more information about these doughnuts, check out the May/June issue of Easy Eats Magazine.
To learn more about Silvana Nardone, check out Silvana's Kitchen.
Purchase a copy of her fabulous book, Cooking for Isaiah.
Follow Silvana on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. 

Tip: Easily Remove Cakes from tins

If you leave a cake too long in a greased tin, it can be difficult to remove. A really easy way to ensure a cake slides right out of a greased tin is to run the bottom of the tin over a very low flame on the stove top. This will melt the fat that was used to initially grease the tin and the cake will slide right out.

Oh lordy those look amazing. It’s days like today, when I am very, very glad I haven’t been able to find a stainless steel donut pan. Which is why I pull out my mini muffin tin. :-)
I wonder if my husband ate all the peanut butter? Thanks for another recipe and a wonderful month.


LOL! I had to go out and buy one to make them. I had never made homemade doughnuts before and I had SO much fun!
They were SOOOOO good too :)

Thanks, Tess, for the heartfelt introduction.
I hope everyone enjoys my latest doughnuts and the new issue of Easy Eats magazine!
It’s been so much fun collaborating with all of my amazing gluten-free colleagues and seeing everyone’s delicious recipes!


I loved writing about you, especially after our conversation at dinner. I really can’t wait for that Italian family cookbook and to read more of your writing.
Thankyou for participating in this event and sharing your delicious homemade doughnuts.

What a way to end the month!
Homemade baked chocolate peanut butter doughnuts! I am IN! I have never made doughnuts either….first time for everything!
Thankyou for all of wonderful recipes.It has been a fantastic month. I really enjoyed getting to know all of the bloggers and trying some of the recipes.
I just checked out Easy Eats Magazine. The photography and layout is beautiful.


I know! I thought we would go out with a bang!
These doughnuts are INCREDIBLE.
I can’t wait to hear what you think.
Yes, these gluten free bloggers are really amazing. Not only are they all incredibly talented, but they are lovely people as well.
I have had a blast this month.
I am glad you enjoyed it too :)
Definitely check out Easy Eats. Silvana and Amie have been working really hard on it, and it is really amazing. Silvana’s hubby takes all of the photos. Aren’t they GORGEOUS?

I’m pretty sure I could devour those in five minutes.  Holy moly they look incredible.  I want to move to Brooklyn just to be Silvana’s neighbour!  Congrats Tess, on 30 amazing days!  xo


Thanks Maggie!
ThankYOU for being a part of it.
YES….I have seriously considered moving to Brooklyn so that I can knock on the door with a cup of sugar!!!! HA!

Come on over! There are pretty much always doughnuts in my house. The family loves them in any flavor combination!

OH… careful! We will COME! HA!

How do I enter to win the KitchenAide?


Hey Shannon.
Today is the last day.
You just create a piggy name, enter your email address and follow the instructions.
Good Luck!

Silvana, these look amazing. I love using molasses in donuts. It really turns out a great texture. I never thought of using brown rice syrup. Thanks for sharing!

Tess, it’s been wonderful being part of the Gluten Free Vegetarian Baking with KitchenAid event. Thank you so much for inviting me. You are just wonderful to work with!


Carla - It has been an absolute pleasure having you as a part of this wonderful event.
Do NOT miss making Silvana’s doughnuts. They are absolutely INCREDIBLE!

O-M-G! Silvana, words just can’t describe how absolutely yummy these donuts look… Thanks so much for sharing, I’m off to the market today to buy ingredients.  And thanks again, Tess, for posting all the delightful treats this month.  I love your site!!!!  Oink Oink!


I know! Isn’t that photography just GORGEOUS!
You just want to jump into the screen and eat them. I am so excited you are going to make these. I had never made dougnuts before and it was SO worth it! SO much fun and absolutely DELICIOUS! So glad you enjoyed the month of recipes. These ladies are just AMAZING.

I wonder if bananas and some egg replacement powder could make this work. I’ve never liked donuts, but people seem to love them, so I worry I’m missing out! Gotta try to make it allergen free, and who doesn’t like bananas with their peanut butter and chocolate!! Mmmmm…


Yes! I know you could do that. Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Bananas! YUMMMMO!

Uh, yeah! Love your idea, Emma!

I was wondering the same thing Emma. I think I’m going to give it a try using what you suggested with banana and maybe some powdered egg replacer. Mmm.

What an amazing looking recipe from Silvana. I’m excited to find a donut pan and make these!

And kudos to Tess for putting on such an exciting 30 days of tasty eats. :)

Thanks Megan! What a fun month we have all had. Do NOT miss these doughnuts. They are AMAZING!

Oh my, these look unbelievable! Time to bring the peanut butter out of hiding… I can’t wait to try these!!! Thank you Silvana! Tess, Congratulations on an incredible event - WOW!!! Lisa


Lisa, these are AH-MAAAAZING!
What a fabulous way to end a wonderful month! ThankYOU for being a part of it.
You were all so incredible to work with.

Silvana, those look outstanding!  Great job to you on the recipe and your husband on the photo.  I have got to get a doughnut pan.

Tess, what a way to end the month!  You have done an outstanding job too.  Thanks for all your work and for including me.


Yes! You must get a doughnut pan, even if you only ever make this recipe! It will be worth it.
ThankYOU for being such an active part of this month Linda. Your constant comments and facebook posts, as well as your delicious recipe contributed greatly to the huge success of this event. I am so happy that we are connected now.

These look amazing and are an incredible way to close out the month!  I am absolutely going to make these, can’t wait!!!

Tess, you are a total star and have done a phenomenal job on this giveaway!  Everything you do is first class - thank you so much!


Oh Thankyou Stacey.
I really appreciate your support and kind words.
Silvana and the other ladies are the stars of this month. I am so grateful to have teamed up with this incredible group of women.
Do NOT miss making these doughnuts. They are HEAVENLY!
Thanks again Silvana. You ROCK!

OMG!!!  Looks amazing!!!  And to think if you break them in half, all the calories just fall out!!!  Awesome!!! :)


HA! If only it worked that way! LOL!
These taste even more amazing than they look….if that is possible. OINK OINK!

I keep looking at the pictures and drooling!  I am imagining eating a few ...dozen per sitting.  Ok…peanut butter and chocolate the two combos ...everyone loves!  I really think Tess has forgotten this is a ‘healthy’ website!  But I am willing to try these and ‘risk’ if they are healthy or not.  Fellow piggies ...stay tuned.


Yes! I am willing to coat-check my whole foods principles and drench myself in Silvana’s poetry! You will too after one SNIFF of these babies!

My mouth is watering!  A doughnut I can finally eat!  Yum and thank you so much for sharing.


Yes! AMAZING Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts.
Did someone just shout out HEAVEN?!

These donuts look so yummy !  I bought a donut baking pan a few weeks ago so what a timely recipe for our family!  Cannot wait to try it :-)


PERFECT timing!
What a great way to break in that new pan!

Are you kidding me?  What a grand finale!!!  I haven’t had a real doughnut in years.  I’ve tried a few from the gf frozen section, but never bought a second package.  These will definitely be gracing my weekend brunch table soon!


Oh Heather! You will be in HEAVEN after just ONE bite of these babies! Get curious over these! Can’t wait to hear back about what you thought!

Wow, I just figured out my first successful donut pan recipe and now I know what to make next! Yum! Love how easy they sound too.


Cara - these are SOOOO good!
Can’t wait to hear what you think!
NOBODY makes gluten free doughnuts like Silvana!

I want to lick the icing right off the top of those! Don’t know if I’d be so calm after that, though. Right, Tess?  :)


LOL! From personal experience, I can tell you, you will be VERY HAPPY…..calm…..maybe not! HA! Enjoy. These are NOT to be missed!
They are SOOO good!

I am excited to make doughnuts at home. And these sound amazing. I love reading everyone’s tips too…...... so will give this a go. Thanks Tess.


I know! I had never made them either until this recipe. It was SOOO much fun and these are SOO good! Enjoy :)

These look absolutely divine and I’d be on it in a heartbeat if I had the ingredients! Not to be a party pooper, but I was looking at the nutritional values of the flour blend. Is there a way to bring down the calorie count? I’m assuming it’s from the white rice flour and potato starch?


These ARE divine, and this recipe is all about the fun!
Hey, you don’t eat doughnuts for dieting! LOL!

I want one right now! They look absolutely delicious. I am a fan of sweet tastes!

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