100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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Ever since I started making my own pizza dough, I’ve never looked back! Pizza doughs are fun to make, always delicious, and you really feel like you accomplished something pretty cool!

Plus, there’s something so amazing about so few ingredients combining to make a crispy, chewy canvas for all kinds of tasty toppings…

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Call me boring, but I love a classic margherita pizza with fresh mozz, tomatoes and basil. I’ll be sharing the recipe for this one with you soon!

Hint: It may look pretty basic but the secret’s allll in the sauce. baby.

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The true star of all my Friday night pizza-makin’ is this delicious dough. Made with only whole wheat flour, it comes together quickly, only rises about an hour, and cooks in a flash.

Not going to use it right away? No probs. Just wrap it up in plastic wrap and freeze ‘til you get that pizza craving. They tend to hit often in this house…

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I know you’ll love this dough just as much as Mark and I did. Nothing will replace my go-to pizza dough, but this one is still an awesome option for when we want to be healthy but still indulge a bit.

Have a fabulous week ahead, and whip up a homemade pizza some weeknight for a change of pace!

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100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Yield: Makes 1 ball pizza dough (enough for 1 10-inch pizza)

Ingredients:

2 1/4 teaspoons (one 1/4 ounce package) active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

2 teaspoons sugar, divided

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting

3/4 teaspoons salt

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine yeast, water and 1 teaspoon sugar; Let sit for five minutes.

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups flour, salt and remaining teaspoon sugar. Make a well in the center. Add yeast mixture and olive oil.

Stir with a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment until the dough just comes together. Knead, either by hand or in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, for about 5 minutes (2-3 minutes if using a stand mixer). As you knead, add remaining 1/4 cup flour in small increments, just until dough is no longer sticky. (You may not need to add the full 1/4 cup)

Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turn once to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature until doubled, about 1 hour (up to 2 hours).

Punch down risen dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Shape dough into a ball. Either wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate/freeze for later use, or bake right away.

To bake, preheat oven to 475 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to desired crust thickness and place on a pizza stone or baking sheet. Add your desired sauce and toppings. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Let rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy!

      

48 Responses to “100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 6, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    I love homemade pizza, this dough looks fantastic!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 6, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    Definitely need to try this! Nothing beats homemade pizza dough!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — May 6, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    We love making our own pizza at home, but we’re lazy and usually pick up a ball of pizza dough from Trader Joes. I totally need to make my own!

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    Tieghan — May 6, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    NOTHING beats homemade pizza dough!! I have to try this whole wheat version! So yummy!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 6, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Love that you made it 100% whole wheat! I’m still looking for a great whole wheat recipe, so you know I will be trying this soon!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 6, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    I’m obsessed with homemade pizza dough and am still playing around for the right whole wheat recipe. This is going to have to be next on my list!

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    Ashley - bakerbynature — May 6, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    Oh lady, now I’m craving pizza @ 9:45 am!!! This looks heavenly.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 6, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    So glad you loved this recipe as much as i do! And those toppings… SWOON.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 6, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Must be a pizza dough kind of day! :) And I have a whole wheat crust post coming later this week! I always love trying new pizza dough recipes though, so I’m pinning yours to try! And I totally agree with you — nothing beats a classic margherita!

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    Emily K — May 6, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    We have pizza night once a week at our house. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 6, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Amazing photos, Georgia. The pizza crust looks perfect.

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    The Café Sucre Farine — May 6, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    Beautiful photos and I’m with you, Pizza Margherita is the BEST, simple fabulous ingredients. Your crust looks wonderful!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 6, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    I love whole-wheat pizza dough. Your pizza looks amazing. We stopped having pizza delivered the day I learned how to make homemade dough. It’s so much better.

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    Susan — May 6, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    What brand flour did you use? Looks yummy

    • Georgia — May 6th, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

      King Arthur Flour, but any will do!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 6, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    I always make my own pizza dough, it is half the fun! Love this whole wheat version!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 6, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    LOVE whole wheat pizza and yours looks mouth-watering!! Love the closeups of dough!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 6, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    It’s way too late for me to be craving pizza. Good job! lol Now I’ll be dreaming about pizza… ;)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — May 6, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    I’m boring with pizza too-or we can just call it classic :)

    This looks perfect! I wish you could come over and we could have a homemade pizza party!!

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    Eileen — May 6, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    I make homemade pizza dough all of the time – but never whole wheat. Your crust looks perfect Georgia. It’s not quite midnight here but you’ve got me craving a midnight snack! Going to have to try this soon :)

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — May 6, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Definitely need to try this! I haven’t had a lot of luck with WW pizza doughs in the past, but yours sounds wonderful. And that pizza looks divine!! Pizza is definitely one of the world’s most perfect foods :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 7, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    Your dough is perfect! I am often just so lazy when I want to make pizza, I just store bought dough. I would love to have a margherita pizza with this dough!

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    Joanne — May 7, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    Pizza is one of my favorite things to make and I always make homemade dough! Usually I use (white) bread flour but I’m going to have to give this whole wheat a try!

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    Kathy — May 7, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Nothing like homemade pizza! I will be giving this a try soon!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — May 7, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Love pizza, can’t wait to try this dough

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 7, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Ahhhhmazing! I pinned and saved and will try this recipe (as well as your go to pizza dough and no kneed bread I haven’t tried). So many things to make from your site… :)

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    Jeannie — May 7, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    I finally found a whole wheat pizza dough! I am so going to try this out soon!

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    Honey What's Cooking — May 7, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    THis looks so good. I really need to learn to make pizza dough, but before that I wanna experiment with store bought dough. I’m sure homemade is amazing.

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    andrew — May 8, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    man, being on a low carb diet sucks when you favorite food is italian! i definitely will try this as a treat some day! i made plenty of regular flour doughs, how is this ones texture?

    • Georgia — May 9th, 2013 @ 8:59 am

      Haha, I’m with ya! This one is a little bit denser than regular flour doughs, but still crispy and chewy. It soaks up sauce more too, so use more than you usually do. Hope you enjoy!

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    Aggie — May 9, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    I really struggle with making pizza dough, but I am so determined to figure it out! I love a good whole wheat crust, this looks fantastic! And I’m with you on the margherita pizza!!

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    Patty — May 9, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    I love whole wheat pizza dough-it’s just so wholesome and flavorful -especially with your pizza toppings-beautiful photos!

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    Denise Browning@From Brazil To You — May 15, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    Georgia:
    This pizza dough looks amazing– and made with whole wheat makes any guilt go away. :) I am looking forward to making this recipe. My family and I are pizza lovers!!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 1, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Yeah! You, go, you! 100% whole wheat is the way to go. :D

    (at least sometimes it is)

    This pizza looks amazing! Whole wheat pizza will never be as fun as a pepperoni pan pizza from Pizza Hut but it’ll do. :)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 1, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    “It’ll do”? This coming from someone who usually only does 100% whole wheat.

    What i meant was it sounds awesome and whole wheat pizza is a great way to mix things up!

    • Georgia — July 1st, 2013 @ 9:29 am

      LOL! Thanks for giving me a laugh on a Monday morning, Erin! Hope you have a great start to the week!

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    Emily — July 20, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    I love this pizza dough! Not only is it super easy to make, but I love that it only has to rise for 1 hour and then can be used right away or stored later. It’s so functional! And it’s delicious. Thank you for your awesome recipes!

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    Doug — November 23, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    I made this a couple of days ago and it’s awesome. This is my go-to pizza dough recipe. Thank you!!

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    Breanna — December 4, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    This recipe is fantastic! My first attempt at pizza dough and I don’t think I’ll ever even try looking for another one. My whole family loved it! I was a bit nervous about the high temperature so I cooked it at 400 for 12 min then raised the temp to 475 until the cheese started browning just a bit and the crust was a lovely golden brown. I don’t think the oven ever actually got a chance to heat up to 475 before it finished…. Anyways super super good, I love that it was a bit crunchy too!

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    margo kenney — January 26, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    This is a wonderful and easy recipe. I finally have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, and it made the kneading so easy. I’ve never made yeast dough before Christmas, when I tried out an old family yeast roll recipe with white flour. So my second attempt at yeast dough was this pizza recipe, since I don’t really like to eat (or serve) white flour.
    This crust is so delicious, it makes the dough from the one restaurant in town that has “whole wheat” pizza seem anemic and tasteless. I could eat the pizza crust alone, it’s so good.
    Most whole wheat pizza dough recipes call for partly white flour, so it’s nice to find an easy and delicious 100% whole wheat flour recipe. Thanks. Tonight’s the second time I’ve made it. My mouth’s watering thinking about it.

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    margo kenney — January 26, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

    Oh, and P.S. it is SO easy, that when I forgot to add the olive oil with the yeast, I was saved. When the dough seemed weirdly dry while kneading, I realized I’d forgotten to add it. Oh, no, maybe I’ve ruined it, but no: I added an approximate tablespoon of olive oil while the mixer was kneading, and all was well.

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    Margo Kenney — February 9, 2014 @ 1:26 am

    I’ve made this three times, twice with whole wheat four and once with 100% whole wheat White flour. All delicious. We were ordering whole wheat pizzas from Taffy’s, and now I realize the crust wasn’t really all whole wheat. This crust is so much tastier. I’m so interested in making yeast rungs now that I’m not afraid of it anymore. This is the way to ease yourself into working with yeast.

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    becky — March 21, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    When you freeze the dough, how long does it take to thaw so you can roll it out? And do you put it in the fridge to thaw or not.?

    • Georgia — March 21st, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

      I’d recommend refrigerating the dough to thaw it fully – it should take no more than 8 hours to thaw completely this way.

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    Leah George — April 10, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    Just baked a simple pepperoni and Cheese pizza ( hal-half) OMG, this is amazing!!! LOVE IT!

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    Stephanie — April 29, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

    I wanted to try making whole wheat crust but was very worried about the crust turning out super dense and chewy. I am happy that to say that this recipe was amazing! It turned out perfectly and it was delicious! It was also SO EASY to make! My husband and kids loved it! This is the recipe we will make every time!

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    serena — October 7, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

    i really want to try this.can it be made without sugar? or it doesn’t grow without it?thanks

    • Georgia — October 8th, 2014 @ 7:33 am

      I’ve never made it without the sugar, so I’m not sure how the dough would react, but you can always give it a try.

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