Easy Fluffy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

Whole wheat pizza dough is my go-to crust for family pizza night. My children love fluffy pizza crust that can stand up to mountains of gooey melted cheese and warm pizza sauce.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Ingredients

Whole Wheat Flour- I use Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour.

Active dry yeast- I use instant dry yeast. After mixing it with warm water, sugar, and honey, I give it just a few minutes to activate. You’ll know this has happened because of the foamy top the mixture will have after a few minutes.

Sugar– It’s important because it gives the yeast something to feed on and will help it proof.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Honey- I learned this trick from some fellow food content creators. This adds flavor.

How to Make Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  1. Combine 1 1/4 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon of sugar (I like can sugar), 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast or instant yeast. Set aside for about 5 minutes or until the top is foamy.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour. You can use a wooden spoon or a dough hook attachment.
  3. If you’re using a dough hook, knead for 5 minutes, but If you’re kneading by hand, knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. If it’s too sticky, add 1/4 a cup of flour.
  4. Once you get a nice smooth ball of dough, add coat a clean bowl in olive oil. Place the ball in the bowl for 60-90 minutes, or until it doubles in size.
  5. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. When the dough has risen, divide it into two equally sized balls.
  6. Work with one ball at a time. Dust your work area with flour, lightly. Work with your hands or a rolling pin until the dough is 1/2 thick. If it continues to shrink back, let it rest for 5 more minutes.
  7. When you load your pizza with lots of toppings, bake it plain for 5 minutes so the middle can cook through, then remove it, top, and return it to the oven to finish baking for about 10 minutes more. If you aren’t using a lot of toppings, you can top it immediately and bake for 15 minutes until the crust is brown around the edges.

Pizza Topping Ideas

We all love classic pizza toppings like salty pepperoni or gooey cheese. However, sometimes, it’s nice to switch it up. Pizza has the stigma of being an unhealthy food, so switching your toppings can make pizza healthier. Fresh toppings on whole wheat pizza dough are the perfect combination. Here are a few fun pizza toppings.

  • pepperoni
  • spinach
  • pineaples
  • opns
  • bacon
  • muschrooms
  • olives (Kalamata or black)
  • bell pepper
  • ground beef
  • banana peppers
  • garlic
  • anchovies
  • turkey pepperoni
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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Easy homemade whole wheat pizza dough recipe.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza, pizza dough, whole wheat
Author: johnniemay

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups cups warm water not hot, just warm!
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp  olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 3/4 cups Whole wheat flour I use Bob's Red Mill

Instructions

  • Combine 1 1/4 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon of sugar (I like can sugar), 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast or instant yeast. Set aside for about 5 minutes or until the top is foamy
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour. You can use a wooden spoon or a dough hook attachment. If you're using a dough hook, knead for 5 minutes, but If you're kneading by hand, knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. If it's too sticky, add 1/4 a cup of flour.
  • Once you get a nice smooth ball of dough, add coat a clean bowl in olive oil. Place the ball in the bowl for 60-90 minutes, or until it doubles in size. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  • When the dough has risen, divide it into two equally sized balls.Work with one ball at a time. Dust your work area with flour, lightly. Work with your hands or a rolling pin until the dough is 1/2 thick. If it continues to shrink back, let it rest for 5 more minutes. W
  • When you load your pizza with lots of toppings, bake it plain for 5 minutes so the middle can cook through, then remove it, top, and return it to the oven to finish baking for about 10 minutes more. If you aren't using a lot of toppings, you can top it immediately and bake for 15 minutes until the crust is brown around the edges.

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