Kim is a holistic health coach and a toxic-free lifestyle consultant. She obtained her studies from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe
I've been searching high and low for a nice and delicious whole wheat pizza dough to make at home. The problem is, most of the recipes are a mixed ratio of white flour and whole wheat flour. The recipes that do include 100% whole wheat are either too dry, crumbly, or taste too "wheaty."
Back during my high school years when I used to run track, our team would always celebrate a win (or lose) by going to our local pizza joint, Round Table. As soon as we walked into the restaurant, I turned into Pavlov's dog when I smell the fresh baked pizza crust filled with tasty toppings.
Oh those were the days when "pizza" and "healthy" were not used together in the same sentence. As I have grown (literally) to learn how to make healthier food for my family and friends, choosing to use whole wheat flour for the pizza dough is a god choice.
Do not be intimidated by homemade pizza dough. Making your own whole wheat pizza dough is easier than you think. All you need are a few simple ingredients from your pantry and a Kitchen Aid mixer to speed things up.
Making your own pizza can also be a fun family dinner activity where your kids can pitch in and help. They can also create their own pizza with their favorite ingredients. What a great way to encourage them to eat more whole grains!
Take a look at why it's healthier! Compare the ingredients!
|Boboli Pizza Crust||Homemade Pizza Crust|
Whole wheat flour, water, palm oil, polydextrose, yeast, wheat gluten, molasses, milk casein, salt, mozzarella cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt and enzymes), sugar, preservatives (calcium propionate, sorbic acid), fumaric acid, modified food starch, sodium phosphate, whey, monoglycerides, lactic acid, natural flavor, garlic, artificial color.
White whole wheat flour, instant yeast, salt, honey, orange juice, olive oil, water
What is "White" Whole Wheat Flour?
The name "white whole wheat flour" almost sounds like funny and can be confusing since we are used to associating the term "white flour" to flour that has been bleached and stripped of its fiber, vitamins and minerals.
This is not the case at all.
It is actually made from a different variety of wheat, a white spring wheat rather than traditional red wheat. And guess what, my friends? It offers all the same nutritional benefits of traditional whole wheat!
This wonderful flour is great for those who are trying to transition their picky family eaters to a more healthier alternative, without experiencing the surprise of the first bite of "dryness."
Since it has a lighter flavor, substituting it for traditional whole wheat flour will generally give you an even tastier result. Add a secret ingredient to the white whole wheat flour, and you get a wholesome, delicious taste!
Ingredients for Whole Wheat Pizza
- 3 cups White whole wheat flour, (King Arthur)
- 2 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup lukewarm water, (about 105 degrees F)
- 2 tablespoon lukewarm orange juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Proof your yeast by adding 1 tablespoon of sugar to 1 cup of warm water. (About 105 degrees F)
Make sure the water is not too cold and not too hot. Cold water will not activate the yeast and hot water will just kill them. The sugar is what the yeast will be feeding on.
After about 5-10 minutes, the bowl of yeast should "foam" up like a cool science experiment.
In the meantime, combine the white whole wheat flour and salt in a mixer.
In another bowl, combine the liquids: honey, olive oil, and yeast.
The orange juice helps to mask the slightly bitter flavor from whole wheat. Substitute water if desired.
Pour the liquids slowly into the mixer as it's running on low speed. I love my Kitchen aid mixer! It does the job quite well, creating a smooth and soft dough.
Your pizza dough should look something like this. Let the mixer "knead" the dough for about 7-10 minutes.
Use your hands to form a "ball" and place it in a greased bowl. Cover it with a towel and place it in a dark and warm place, preferably your oven. Let the yeast work its magic. The dough should rise to double its size in about 2 hours.
Recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce: Enough for 2 large pizzas
In the meantime, make your homemade sauce and prepare your favorite toppings. You can choose to use my favorite homemade pizza sauce recipe or even put a healthy pesto sauce on the pizza dough.
And of course, you can also use a store-bought jar of sauce too.
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 tablespoons of olive oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 tablespoons of sugar (or maple syrup)
Combine and let it simmer under low heat until sugar melts.
NOTE: Depending on what type of toppings you use, vary the amount of salt. Sausages, pepperoni, and olive tends to be more salty. Taste your sauce as you go. It's better to use less than more salt.
Choosing Your Toppings!
Everyone has a different preference to their pizza toppings. And you know what? There’s really no rule to choosing your toppings. My fiancé is a meat and potatoes kind of guy so he likes to put on sausages, chicken, or bacon with cheese.
I’ve seen people create a “breakfast pizza” and throw on eggs and bacon. My ideal pizza topping would definitely be lean on the vegetarian side, with fresh herbs, tomatoes, artichokes and a mountain high full of cheese. Goat cheese, to be more specific.
Well, for this particular pizza today, we compromised and put grilled chicken on top. Enjoy!
Did 2 hours pass by already?
Flatten out your pizza dough with a roller pin. Decide what size, shape, and thickness of pizza you want to make. This recipe will make 2 large, thin pizza crusts. As you can see in the picture, I prefer my pizza crust to be really thin and crispy.
Lightly grease the pan(s) of your choice with olive oil or PAM spray. The pan spray keeps the pizza from sticking. I also like to lightly brush the edges with melted butter or more olive oil for extra flavor.
Spread your sauce and cheese on the dough, and bake it for about 8 minutes @ 420 degrees F.
Take the pizza out and add your toppings. Put it back in the oven for about another 5-8 minutes, until the edges are crispy and golden brown.
NOTE: The thickness of the crust varies with the cook time. It will take about 8 minutes for thinner crust pizza; about 10 to 12 minutes for medium thickness; and 12 to 14 minutes for thick-crust pizza.
BONUS: How To Increase Antioxidant Levels in Your Pizza Crust!
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland published a study showing that pizza crust made with whole wheat flour can raise the antioxidant levels by:
- longer baking time
- higher temperature
- longer fermentation
As you may know, antioxidants are found in many other super foods such as blueberries and kale. Research shows antioxidants may help prevent diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, stroke, cancer, and keeps us from aging too rapidly.
More reasons to eat whole wheat pizza dough instead of white wheat!
Comments for Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Kim Lam (author) from California on July 16, 2012:
Hi vespa, Glimmer, running deer~ I appreciate your great comments! Please
come back and rate it if you get a chance to make it! Thanks
RunningDeer from Iowa on July 15, 2012:
This sounds absolutely delicious! I'm going to have to try to make this. My mouth is watering already. I like how you include the health benefits along with the recipe. It makes me hungry and informs me at the same time. Thanks for sharing! Up!
Claudia Mitchell on July 15, 2012:
Definitely have to try this! My husband & daughter make our dough, but this looks like it will be tastier. Great photos!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 15, 2012:
I've always been impressed by your recipes and this one is no exception! I was sold on orange juice and whole wheat flour after reading your pancake hub. Now I have to try this! Your photos make my mouth water. We're heading to Cusco soon, so I'm bringing back 10 kilos of freshly ground wheat flour. I bet this crust would work great for calzones, as well. Voted up and shared!
Kim Lam (author) from California on June 29, 2012:
Mhatter99- that's awesome! I am seeing more of that in CA too, but they're a bit far.
myownlife- thank you, enjoy! :-)
myownlife from london on June 29, 2012:
One of my favourite items, great recipe, I should try it,
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 28, 2012:
Thank you for this awesome recipe/alternative. the pizza joint around the corner specializes in "healthy pizzas". who'd-a-thought?
Kim Lam (author) from California on June 28, 2012:
Grenerday~ Yes, it's very fun to make your own pizza and you'd be surprised at how easy it is. Thank you for voting. :-)
Sethuges~ Thanks, hope you enjoy making the sauce. There's a lot of flexibility to the spices and flavors that you can choose from.
Margie~ Ahh the mystery of white whole wheat flour has been solved. ;-)
anglnwu~Thanks, I try to eat healthy....it compensates for my lack of exercise...just kidding. Thanks for the compliment.
anglnwu on June 28, 2012:
You make the healthiest things. Glad to learn how to make healthy pizze dough. Love your presentation. Rated up.
Mmargie1966 from Gainesville, GA on June 28, 2012:
That sounds terrific! I recently bought white whole wheat bread and wondered how they did that.
Thanks for sharing!
Sethughes on June 28, 2012:
Sounds like a really good recipe. Thanks. I also want to try the sauce recipe. I usually just buy the sauce but maybe I should try making my own for a change.
greeneryday from Some tropical country on June 28, 2012:
I love pizza, all this time I've been buying pizza from restaurants, after reading this hub, now I think this is the time to make my own pizza from scratch, I am sure am going to have lot of fun doing this, thank you for writing such a wonderful hub. Voted up for useful!