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This is truly the Easiest Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe ever! It’s chewy, soft and crispy all at the same time. It’s divine pizza with a healthy twist!

Take the healthy twist a bit further and use this incredible whole wheat dough on my other winning favorite recipes. Try it in these Incredible Homemade Calzones, Quick and Easy Stromboli or Homemade Stuffed Pizza Bites. They’ll taste amazing!

Whole wheat pizza dough topped with spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Perfect Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Pizza! One of life’s greatest food creations! Using whole wheat pizza dough takes your pizza to a whole new level. So many people turn up their noses at whole wheat, claiming it being dense, tough and tasting bland. This dough recipe will change all that. This whole wheat pizza dough is light, tender, with a slight crunch to its chewy texture. It is full of flavor and so good. You have to try it to believe it. Whole wheat pizza can be done, and it can be done deliciously.

We love homemade pizza at our house. And I love being able to serve a healthier option. Pizza night is only going to get better with this whole wheat pizza dough. I love pizza nights because the whole family gets involved. From rolling out the dough to topping it, there is something that everyone can participate in. Whip up this incredible whole wheat dough tonight!

Healthy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Ingredients

Simple ingredients that are easy to find make up this incredible whole wheat pizza dough.

  • Lukewarm Water: Keep it between 80 degrees and 110 degrees for optimal temperature.
  • Yeast: Active dry yeast
  • Sugar: Feeds the yeast
  • Salt: Adds flavor and controls the yeast.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: Make sure the flour is fresh.

Ingredients for Spinach Pesto Pizza 

  • Pesto Sauce: Jarred or homemade pesto
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Use freshly grated for the best melting.
  • Spinach: Fresh spinach
  • Mushrooms: Use your favorite button or cremini mushrooms.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Cut them in half

How to Make Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

This awesome whole wheat dough takes a bit of time to make but it’s totally worth it. The tender, chewy, soft yet a tiny bit crispy crust is the perfect base for your favorite toppings. Let’s get to baking this pizza dough!

  1. Mixing the Dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the water and the yeast.  Let proof for 5-7 minutes.  Add in the sugar, salt and wheat flour.  Using the dough hook on medium mix until the dough starts to form.  Remove form the stand mixer and shape into a ball.
  2. Let Rise: Add the olive oil to a medium sized bowl and add the dough.  Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  3. Start Baking! Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Divide the dough in half.  Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick and place on a pizza baking sheet or stone.  Add The pesto, cheese, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Mixing the dough for whole wheat pizza dough.

Whole Wheat vs All Purpose Flour

Both flours start from the same plant and kernel of wheat but are processed very differently giving them each a distinct color, flavor and texture. Whole wheat flour is ground into flour using the entire kernel of wheat. This creates the brown color, heavier texture and richer flavor. White flour or all purpose flour removes the most nutrient rich parts, the bran and germ before grinding.  This makes the flour white, and lighter with a milder flavor. So using whole wheat in your pizza dough is definitely a good thing.

  • Nutrition: Because of the way whole wheat flour uses the whole kernel it is considered healthier. It is an excellent source of protein, fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. For half a cup of whole wheat flour you get 8 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fiber.
  • Buying: When shopping for whole wheat flour watch your labels and make sure they say 100% whole wheat. There are lots of labels that seem like they should be whole wheat but aren’t completely.
  • Substitutions: Whole wheat flour can be used in equal amounts as white or all purpose flour in any recipe. Remember that it will have a different texture and color than if you used white flour. If I am substituting in whole wheat flour for white flour, I usually do half and half to start with. Then I can tell how the recipe will respond to the different flour. Sometimes you just need to use white flour. But for this pizza dough, the whole wheat is perfect!

Rolling out the pizza dough and putting sauce and toppings on top.

Tips For the Best Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Pizza is a very forgiving dish. The pizza dough can be rolled out wonky and it will still taste amazing. Everyone will love it no matter what.

  • Water Temperature:  To make sure your yeast grows you don’t want your water too hot or too cold. Shoot for between 80 and 110 degrees.
  • Whole Wheat Flour: Make sure your flour is fresh. Store whole wheat flour in the fridge or even freezer for longer shelf life. Smell your whole wheat before using it, if it smells a bit stinky don’t use it.
  • Half and Half: If you want to divide the whole wheat dough, use half whole wheat and half all purpose flour.
  • Substitute: You can substitute out the sugar and use honey if you wish. It blends beautifully with the whole wheat.
  • Roll it: How thick or thin you roll your dough will determine the chew and crispiness of the crust. The thinner the more crispy it will be. The thicker the more of a chew it will have.
  • Make it Individual: Divide the dough into smaller balls and roll out for personal pan sized pizzas. Let your family and friends top their own to their hearts content.

Ball of whole wheat pizza dough ready to roll out.

What kind of Sauce is Best?

There are so many different sauces that will be so tantalizing for this whole wheat dough. Pesto, Homemade Alfredo, Marinara or BBQ Sauce are good starters. Even a simple swipe of olive oil can be a good base for this whole wheat dough.

Topping Ideas

There are endless possibilities for toppings. With this pizza dough everything tastes marvelous. One of my favorite things about homemade pizza is that you can top it anyway you want! From vegetables to meats, and everything in between you can really get creative. But here are some good ideas to get you started.

Cooked whole wheat pizza on a pizza board.

Freezing Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

This whole wheat dough is not only beautiful to work with but a perfect way to have dinner anytime you want to. You can make multiple batches to have some now or freeze some for later, when you need a quick dinner idea. I love being able to pull things from the freezer when I need a dinner in a pinch, and this pizza dough is just the thing!

  • To Freeze: After the whole wheat pizza dough has risen spray it with cooking oil all over, or using your hands and some olive oil, oil all the surfaces. Wrap tightly the dough in plastic wrap then place gently in a freezer bag. Whole Wheat dough will keep for up to 3 months.
  • To Thaw: Place the pizza dough in the fridge overnight. When ready to use let it finish thawing on the kitchen counter for 30 minute or until room temperature. You can also simply thaw on the whole wheat dough on the counter till it comes to room temperature as well. Roll out, top and bake as desired.

Whole wheat pizza cut into slices, ready to eat.

More Pizza Night Recipes to Try

It seems like everyone loves pizza in some form or fashion. From changing the dough, to mixing up the toppings, or just leaving it in its original form, pizza is just luscious.  Here are some of my favorite ways to have pizza in all its different forms. Try one of these tonight.

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

3 from 2 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
This is truly the Easiest Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe ever! It's chewy, soft and crispy all at the same time. It's divine pizza with a healthy twist!
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 Slices of Pizza


  • 1 1/2 cups luke warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Spinach Pesto Pizza:


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer add the water and the yeast. Let proof for 5-7 minutes. Add in the sugar, salt and wheat flour. Using the dough hook on medium mix until the dough starts to form. Remove form the stand mixer and shape into a ball.
  • Add the olive oil to a medium sized bowl and add the dough. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Divide the dough in half. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick and place on a pizza baking sheet or stone. Add The pesto, cheese, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.


Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 455mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 625IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. This recipe was very confusing. Two cups of whole wheat flour left it very gooey so used the 3 1/2 cups like in your regular pizza dough. Said put oil in pan but nowhere in recipe does it call for oil so I just oiled bottom of pan. Regular had different amount of yeast. Did not say anything about kneading dough which I would normally do. Turned out terrible not like a yeast dough. I was trying to be healthier with the whole wheat but maybe I would get better results with white flour recipe.

  2. 1 star
    I use whole wheat almost exclusively and make nearly all of my family’s baked goods from scratch, so I’m no novice here. Following the recipe exactly as written (I checked multiple times to be sure) produces something short of a batter. I literally could have poured it out into the pan. I had to add another cup and a half of flour before it looked and felt remotely like pizza dough and it was still too sticky. That saved it, but you should not have to add that much flour to make a recipe work.