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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

Updated on April 28, 2012

Whole wheat pizza dough recipe

This is am amazing whole wheat pizza dough recipe I developed it my self in search of a healthy pizza. I love pizza so I figured I might as well make one that was good for me, so before we go any further lets understand the word whole. This is a definition from Whole: comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance. OK now that we established the definition of whole, I will continue.

Whole wheat pizza dough is made with 100% whole wheat flour not 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose flour, every time I searched the Internet for a whole wheat pizza dough recipe the majority of the recipes I would find included all purpose flour as well as whole wheat flour, don't get me wrong the combination makes a great pizza dough or crust, however I wanted a healthy whole wheat pizza dough recipe so I created my own and even added a special healthy touch to it that you to may add if you like. So enough of the politics lets jump right into this amazing whole wheat pizza dough recipe with flax seed.

whole wheat pizza dough recipe ingredients
whole wheat pizza dough recipe ingredients

Whole wheat pizza dough recipe ingredients

Here's what you will need to make your whole wheat pizza dough.

  • 3 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour and approx 1/2 cup for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of table salt
  • 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water approx 110 degrees
  • 3 tablespoons of ground flax seed (optional)


3.5 stars from 52 ratings of Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Water, honey, yeast
Water, honey, yeast

Lets Begin

  1.  Add 1- 1/2 cups lukewarm water (110 degrees) to a medium sized bowl
  2. disolve 2 teaspoons of honey in the luke warm water
  3. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon active dry yeast on top of the water mixture
  4. Set a timer for 10 minutes

yeast after 10 minutes
yeast after 10 minutes
whole wheat pizza dough
whole wheat pizza dough

Ten minutes later

After about 10 minutes the water mixture should foam up, letting you know the yeast was active.

  • Next we will stir in the the salt and olive oil into the yeast mixture
  • Now stir in the 3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • and 3 tablespoons of ground flax seed If desired (I prefer Bob's Red Mill brand)
  • Mix the ingredients until the dough starts to come together and then dump the dough onto a floured board or flat surface (I flour my surface with whole wheat flour also)
  • Knead and fold the whole wheat pizza dough for a few minutes until all the whole wheat flour is absorbed, If the dough is a little sticky add a pinch more flour, now you will want to roll the whole wheat pizza dough into a smooth ball and place it into a medium to large sized oiled bowl (olive oil) turn to coat the dough, cover with a kitchen towel and let sit for an hour in a warm place. (I sit the bowl of dough on top of a small bowl filled with warm water, works great!)

After 1 hour

 After about an hour, for this whole wheat pizza dough recipe, we will dump the dough onto a clean floured surface and cut the wheat pizza dough with flax seed in half and separate into two oiled bowls, cover for an additional hour.  This will make 2 thin pizza crusts  which is what I recommend. If you want to make just 1 thick crust whole wheat pizza dough than just skip this step and allow the dough to continue to rise for another hour (total of two.) 

whole wheat pizza dough
whole wheat pizza dough
Roll the dough!
Roll the dough!

Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C)

  •  Flour your board or flat surface and Take 1 whole wheat dough ball and press it into a flat circle with your fingers working from the center out in a circular motion 
  • Next roll the dough with a rolling pin evenly until you reach your  desired size (I use a 16" pizza pan and make it super thin, If you want it a little thicker use a standard 12" pan or pizza stone)
  • If using a 16" pan for a super thin crust you will have to carefully drape the whole wheat pizza dough over your fists and gently stretch, be careful not to rip a hole in the dough. If you got skills you can also throw it up in the air spinning and catch it over your fists (kid's love it, even if you drop it on the floor or rip a hole in it)
  • Once the wheat dough is to the proper size, a little larger than the pizza pan or exact size of a pizza stone, gently place the dough onto the pan. (you can oil your pan with olive oil or use cornmeal) I recommend using a newer, nonstick pan like Oneida you can get one for under $10 just put a small circle of olive oil in the center and spread it around with a paper towel. If using corn meal just sprinkle evenly.

Drape over pizza pan
Drape over pizza pan
Trim the dough
Trim the dough

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

  • Now it is time to trim the dough. With a clean pair of kitchen scissors carefuly trim around the pizza pan making the whole wheat dough look like a perfect circle.
  • You will want to poke holes in your whole wheat pizza dough to eliminate air bubbles while cooking, I just use a fork and go around the whole pizza 
  • Next I take a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic and baste the edge of the pizza crust, just around the outside edge.
  • Now place your litlle pan of healthy perfection into the pre heated oven for about 5 minutes, after 5 minutes you are ready for your sauce, toppings and cheese.


Fresh cut veggies
Fresh cut veggies


Ok this should about do it for my Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe, This pizza dough is so healthy for you, and I recommend adding the ground flax seed to the whole wheat dough for even more great nutritional benefits. Now that we have the dough we might as well finish the pizza. Since this is a healthy pizza I am going to use all vegetables, all natural homemade pizza sauce and all natural 2% milk fat mozzarella cheese.

  1. Cut your vegetables, I use fresh portobello mushrooms, red onion, green olives, black olives and fresh Roma tomatoes
  2. Add your homemade pizza sauce   Pizza Sauce Recipe
  3. Add your all natural mozzarella cheese
  4. Bake to perfection approx 8 to 12 minutes


Perfect Pizza
Perfect Pizza

The Perfect Pizza

OK, we have made a whole wheat pizza dough recipe with flax seed and turned it into a healthy pizza, a pizza rich in whole grains, vegtables and fiber, Ohh yes fiber. I will give you a small warning, make sure you are up to date on your fiber one before you sit down and eat a whole 16" pizza. if you are not used to having fiber in your diet you may want to mix half white flour or just eat a piece or two. This is one of the main reasons I make a super thin crust pizza instead of a thick crust pizza, it would be like eating a case of fiber one bars (small exaggeration)  vistit Pizza Dough Recipes For more great pizza recipes.

Like I said earlier this whole wheat pizza dough recipe will make 2 16" super thin crust pizza's If you don't want to use both at the same time you can wrap 1 in saran wrap and refrigerate or even freeze.

I truly hope you enjoy making this whole wheat pizza dough recipe it is very good and good for you, when ever making pizza try to include family and friends it's a great way to spend some quality time.


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      TycoonSam 5 years ago from Washington, MI

      Recipe looks great Mike and I do like flax seed! Looking forward to making it.


      Voted up and useful

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      Deira 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe! This is my favorite whole wheat pizza crust recipe I've ever used! I made mini pizzas and froze two of the crusts flat, wrapped in plastic wrap sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. When I used them the after being frozen, they were just as good!

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      tabbykern 5 years ago

      This looks absolutely delicious! I also prefer to use whole wheat instead of bleached flourin my recipes.

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Brilliant! I'm following the SBD but love a pizza at the weekend! I made the whole pizza in the morning a d refridgerated until the evening. It did go a bit soggy in the fridge, but that disnt hinder the finished product. Due to doing the SBD, I didn't use the honey and it still worked really well. I supplemented 1 half cup of the flour for a mix of flaxseed and vanilla protein powder. Worked great, very filling and had a subtle sweet taste. I ate a quarter, (that's all I needed to be full - I would normally have at least half) chilled a quarter for tomorrow and have frozen the other half (in quarter portions), as a trial to see how well it stores. Love it, big thank you!

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      I love flax seed, in fact I just made cookies tonight with some in it. Will have to try your pizza dough recipe, it sounds and looks very delicious.

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      tom 6 years ago

      I love pizza more than any other food but I hate eating unhealthy. This is a great recipe thank you

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      Sfa 6 years ago

      I tried this recipe with my kids yesterday. I split the dough into three different size and thickness.

      The thinnest one turned out great. The thick one didn't get cooked from center

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      SUMIR SAWANT 6 years ago

      Dear Mike,

      First of I would like t o thank you for sharing such simple and healthy recipe with all of us. I have made the pizza first time and it worked amazingly delicious. Our life revolves around family and their good health. Thanks once again


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      Salima 6 years ago

      Your pizza is extremely hea

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      AlesixClark 6 years ago

      Well presented. I have been looking for just this recipe! Thank you for sharing.

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      Andreja 6 years ago

      I ve just made it and I love it ., txs Andreja

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      becky feya 6 years ago

      thanks for the recipe! I was looking for a healthy pizza recipe to help me with my food tech coursework. I'm just working on a design specification based on this recipe, hopefully i'll get good marks! thanks again :D

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      elizabethmcgriff 6 years ago from South Alabama

      What a great recipe and your dough looks beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing-- I'm trying it this weekend.

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      Mike Fuller 6 years ago from Indiana

      Sounds great, let me know how it turns out.

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      Eric 6 years ago

      I'm going to try it with STONE GROUND whole wheat flour and skim milk cheese. What ya think?

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      heusser87 7 years ago

      Going to try this for sure! maybe this weekend!

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      hameidinger 7 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes, I love it. I can't wait to cook. :D

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      Mike Fuller 7 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, its a great pizza crust recipe if you are trying to eat healthy.

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      sangeetas627 7 years ago from India

      Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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      kate  7 years ago

      Thank you for posting this! We were getting worried after seeing so many that combined whole wheat and white flour. We wanted all whole wheat but wasn't sure how it would turn out. So thank you, we will certainly try it now!

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      Mike Fuller 7 years ago from Indiana

      Yes, you can freeze the whole wheat dough, just wrap with saran wrap or put in a ziploc bag. I dont think it takes any longer to cook and cooks and mixes a lot nicer. Thanks for the comments.

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      renegadehub 7 years ago

      Sounds like a great recipe, I will defitely try this one. Do you find that the whole wheat base takes longer to bake than a white flour base?

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      S. Abel 7 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe! I am wondering if you can make the dough ahead of time and either refrigerate or freeze the dough a day ahead? Any thoughts.

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      Lisa 7 years ago

      this dough kicks butt!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Oh yummy!!! I added your recipe on my hub about the health benefits of eating whole wheat!! I figured it would be useful for those interested in such!

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      Peter 8 years ago

      Just finished devouring this amazing recipe. I ended up not splitting up the dough and just making one thick. Turned out really good, but filling! I cooked it for a bit over 15 minutes on 200C. Just to help the thicker dough cook. I would recommend it to anyone for a healthier and better tasting pizza.

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      lisa 8 years ago

      omg... so i just finished eating my most amazing pizza... EVER! thanks so much for the recipe. i'll never buy pizza again.

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      lisa 8 years ago

      i'm making it tonight... super excited. first time ever!

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      Susan Hazelton 8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Love the instructioons, love the pictures. The dough sounds great. I will definitely try it.

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      oh mommy 8 years ago

      great recipe! thanks for sharing. we make pizza once a week for family on friday nights. comes out perfect every time! I also make a double recipe and freeze some for an less prep work the next week. =)

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      mike reed 9 years ago

      great looking pizza, Cant wait to try it, Nice hub

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      craig d 9 years ago

      this wheat pizza dough was great, my pizza didn't like like yours, I guess it just takes time

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      randy 9 years ago

      great recipe for whole wheat dough. thumbs up

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      sackboy4 9 years ago

      good looking pizza dough i have to try this!

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      dantsells 9 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN

      Sounds good and Healthy Mike ! Something I want to try . Dan T


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