Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

Today we’re talking about whole wheat pizza dough! I know… on a Monday, but you just have to wait and see the pizza toppings I put on it! That comes later this week… but first let me tell you a little something about whole wheat.

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Unless it says 100% whole wheat in the recipe, it’s usually mixed with all purpose or some other flour. Why? Because whole wheat flour has less gluten you need a little help form the all purpose or you risk having cardboard pizza crust. Unless you like that sort of crust… then go for it. Totally. Just don’t blame me.

Whole wheat crust works with any pizza toppings. And I’ll be sharing one of my favorite pizza combos with you this week. This crust crisps up and has a mellow wheat-y flavor and it’s just as simple as my other pizza dough recipe. My husband even likes this crust… and if you know him at all, whole wheat isn’t usually in his daily meal plan.


pizza dough stuff

Active dry yeast, warm water, honey, olive oil, salt, all purpose and whole wheat flour is all you need. Simple simple simple.

Note: I don’t use whole wheat flour as much as regular ap flour. So I store mine in the freezer to prolong it’s freshness.


Okay guys, first eyeball about a half teaspoon of honey into the bowl of your mixer.

water temp

Then measure out a cup of hot water. It should read at 110-120°. See I still use an instant-read thermometer to take it’s temperature.

pour water

Next, pour that into the bowl and quickly stir to dissolve the honey.

sprinkle with yeast

Then, sprinkle with a packet or 1-1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast.

olive oil

Next, add in a teaspoon of olive oil.


And then slide the lever to stir.

ap flour

Next gradually add in the all-purpose flour.

whole wheat flour

Then, increase the speed a tad and add in the whole wheat flour.


Next, while it’s mixing, add in 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt.


And then blend until the dough forms a ball and starts creeping up the side of the bowl.

ball itcoat in oil

Next form a ball and add it into a well-oiled bowl. Toss the dough so it’s coated and the sides of the bowl are as well.


cover and rise

Next, cover and stick in a warm, dry spot to rise for 40 minutes to an hour.




Them press with your fingers to degas the dough… I don’t flatten it completely because I’m going to divide and roll the dough out thin.

whole wheat pizza dough

Next, flour your board lightly and grab a rolling pin. Then roll out your whole wheat pizza dough, or stretch with your fingers. It’s super easy!

And to think I used to be TERRIFIED of pizza dough, any dough really. That’s just plain crazy.

I see pizza in your future! Get on it!

Enjoy! And if you give this Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 2 medium thin crusts or one large regular crust.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe
Perfect whole wheat pizza crust every single time!
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 packet (2-1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F.)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In the bowl of your mixer (fitted with a dough hook) add the honey, warm water and stir to dissolve.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over top and let it bloom for 5 minutes or so.
  3. Add in the olive oil and turn your mixer on low. Gradually add in the flours, increasing the speed as you go.
  4. Season the dough with kosher salt and continue to mix the dough until it forms a ball along the side of the mixing bowl.
  5. Remove the dough and form a smooth ball. Toss the dough in a well oiled bowl coating it and the sides of the bowl. Cover with a clean towel and place the bowl in a warm, dry place to rise for 1 hour.
  6. Use your hands to press the gas out of the dough and roll into desired pizza sizes.
  7. This dough will make one regular large pizza or two thin-crust medium size pizzas.


I usually bake my pizzas at 450° for 15 to 20 minutes but follow the recipe for the pizza you are making.

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57 Responses to “Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe”

  1. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — November 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    You’re making me crave pizza like no other! I didn’t realize whole wheat could be sneaky and not be 100% unless noted. I LOVE whole wheat pizza crust…it’s probably the nutty rusticness of it that makes it superior to regular pizza crust to me. Ohhhh the things I want to do to this dough!!

  2. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I need to try this! I love whole wheat dough!

  3. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I agree! I see whole wheat pizza dough in my future!

  4. #
    Jen — November 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I feel as though I am stalking you for recipes. Here, twitter lol!

    All of your recipes are the best! Now whole wheat pizza crust! What ever will I do. LOL 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 4th, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

      Ha-ha! Stalk away Jen! 😉

  5. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Pizza has been top on my cravings list this week, so this post couldn’t come at a more perfect time 😉

  6. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    This is why I need you in my life!! You calm my dough fears. <<<<>>>>

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 4th, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

      And I need you for your tot recipes! 😉

  7. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’ve been a on search for a good whole wheat pizza dough recipe that my husband will like, definitely have to give this a try!

  8. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — November 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I love making homemade pizza but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect dough recipe. Can’t wait to try this one!

  9. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    You make this look so easy!

  10. #
    33 — November 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I have a question. Can I knead this by hand? I don’t have a electric mixer but I do want to make it at home instead of buying trader joe’s read to use pizza dough. thanks!

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 7th, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

      Absolutely! It will just take a bit longer but you most definitely can!

  11. #
    Julie — November 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I made this today and my dough was very sticky/moist. Any tips on how to prevent this? How long did you let your mixer go for? Maybe I didnt let mine mix long enough.

    • simplyscratch replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

      Hi Julie! I go by look. So if the dough is too sticky… keep adding a tad more of flour until it comes together. It should be a little tacky… but not so sticky that it leaves dough stuck to your fingers. Hope this helps!

  12. #
    R. Miller — February 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for posting this delicious and easy-to-make recipe. We loved it! Made one pizza and one large calzone from it. Yum.

  13. #
    Desiree — March 27, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Hi, I just finished making this dough and am waiting for it to rise, now that I looked back at the list of Ingredients, it asks for 1 pack yeast so I added 2 1/4 tsp. yeast … It’s just now that I noticed you noted it as 1 1/4 tsp. I just hope I didn’t use too much.
    Should it be 2 1/4 tsp or 1 1/4 tsp?
    Nice posts you have, looking forward to try more of them.

  14. #
    Lauren — April 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Tried it and loved it!!! Can you freeze this? If so do you do it after it has risen? Thank you for this!!!!

  15. #
    Kristen — April 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Can you refrigerate the dough over night?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 12:19 am

      Yes! Just pop it into the fridge (don’t let it rise) and pull it out adding an extra 30 to 40 minutes for it to rise. Enjoy!

  16. #
    Kristen — August 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I have been scouring the internet, and this recipe sounds great…but I can’t figure out at what temperature to bake the pizza. Am I missing something?

  17. #
    roxana de garmo — March 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Great recipe! Very easy and simple to make. I made 3 pizzas, one with mushrooms, red onion, and turkey sausage and the other with pork sausage and steak…it came out so perfect and beutiful. Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipe.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 3rd, 2015 @ 9:59 pm

      I’m so glad Roxana! Thanks for coming back and leaving a review!

  18. #
    Jennifer B — March 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I noticed that it states 1 1/4 tsp is same as one packet of yeast but my packets have more then that. Do I measure out the 1 1/4 tsp or add a full packet which is double that almost? I don’t want the recipe to flop! Thanks!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 13th, 2015 @ 11:31 am

      Hi Jennifer! You are totally right it’s supposed to read 2 and 1/4 teaspoon! Sorry about that! Thanks for looking out 🙂

  19. #
    Mark — July 21, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    1120 degrees? That’s pretty hot

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 21st, 2018 @ 12:39 pm

      ha ha! Cleary I mean 120


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