Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to make—and whole wheat pizza dough just made it better.

whole wheat pizza dough

Making pizza dough from scratch is a snap and easy enough for a weeknight. It’s simple to use active dry yeast and only takes 30 minutes to rise.

I’ve never had much luck with store-bought pizza dough. It always ends up a gooey, undercooked mess. And I’m more of a thin and crispy kind of pizza crust girl.

whole wheat pizza dough

I like the flavor of whole wheat, but if 100 percent whole wheat is a bit too intense, you can opt for half whole wheat flour and half regular flour or use white whole wheat flour.



Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 large pizza

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough


  • 3/4 cup water, heated between 120ºF to 130ºF
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package instant active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour *see note about substitutions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer or regular bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and honey. Let the yeast dissolve and get frothy, about 5 minutes. If using, fit the electric mixer with a dough hook.
  2. Add in the flour, salt, and olive oil. Mix on medium-low speed or stir with a rubber spatula until the dough comes together, adding more flour if the dough sticks to the sides of the bowl. Mix for about 5 minutes or transfer dough to a floured surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes. Dough should be smooth and bounce back slightly when touched with your finger.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to a bowl greased with olive oil. Turn to coat the dough in oil and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 30 minutes. Use dough immediately or cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  4. Preheat the oven to 500ºF. If your dough has been in the refrigerator, let it rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stretch the dough by hand to fit onto the prepared baking sheet. Poke all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until crust is crisp and cheese is beginning to brown.


Instead of 2 cups whole wheat flour you may use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup all purpose flour. Or you can use 2 cups white whole wheat flour.