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Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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First and foremost, I don't have a rolling pin.

Secondly, this pizza that I keep talking about? It needs a crust. Made with whole wheat pizza dough.

And a sauce, but we already talked about that.

I found this crust recipe in a magazine. One of the things I ask our visitors to bring is magazines. There are plenty here in the Philippines, but sometimes you just need to read up on your American celeb gossip and browse through Real Simple recipes. Know what I mean? Last night we sat out on the patio and I flipped through People and quizzed Bjork with questions like how old is Josh Duhamel. The answer to which is 40. ?!?!?

So knowing my love for food, my mom brought me at least one hundred food magazines. I had never even heard of some of them, but I have indeed looked through all of them and made a chart paper list that is as tall as me with recipe ideas listed out on it. So I'm pretty much set with recipe ideas, like, forever.

Except that I always just make what I'm craving? Which is always curry? Does anyone else have that problem?

Whole wheat pizza dough in a mixing bowl.

This magazine is called Good and Fresh and it's a Better Homes and Gardens publication. I REALLY like it. You should buy yourself a copy. They had an awesome article about how to use the same dough in five different ways, just adapting it slightly to make it become what you want. Pizza dough, crackers, dinner rolls, stuff like that.

I actually tried to buy some premade crust for this pizza because, well, making real bread (not like desserty gingerbread) kind of scares me. I love it in theory and avoid it in reality whenever possible. I just feel like others can do it so much better, so why even bother?

But please. Bother with this one.

If you love a good thick crust and you're cool with the whole wheat thing, you will love this. Just look at that crust waiting to be bitten right into.

Whole wheat pizza dough cooked with toppings.

I did a few experiments and found that I got the best chewy/soft/crunchy crust texture combo by adding the toppings to the unbaked dough, baking for about 10 minutes, and then broiling for the last 3-5 minutes so you get that browned yumminess on top and a little bit of crisp to the soft dough.

Rolling the dough out thinner was also delicious, and baking/broiling the crust alone definitely made it more crispy, but I'm more of a thick pizza crust girl myself.

I promise I did not forget about the pizza recipe. That's why I'm giving you the crust today. So you're ready.

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Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough


This easy whole wheat pizza dough is seriously foolproof. Just a few ingredients to a soft inside, crispy outside, healthier pizza crust.


  • 1 1/4 cup white flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup warm water (not boiling hot, but warm)
  • 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the white flour, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and warm water to the mixture and combine with an electric mixer. Mix on high speed for several minutes until a soft, elastic dough forms.
  2. Stir in the whole wheat flour gradually, by hand. When it's all incorporated, you should be able to easily pick up the dough and knead it gently until you get a soft dough ball. I did this right in the bowl - that's the benefit of a large mixing bowl! 🙂
  3. Set aside in a warm place and cover with plastic wrap or even just a dish towel. Let the dough rise for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough into two 12-inch circles. Poke with forks to prevent bubbling (optional). Place on a baking sheet or if you're really fancy and cool, a pizza stone. You can add toppings and then bake for about 12-15 minutes, or you can just bake the crust ahead of time and add your toppings later. I liked it best when I baked it with the toppings on it.


If you're baking the crust with the toppings on it, turn the broiler on for the last few minutes of baking to get a lightly crispy outside crust.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: homemade pizza dough, whole wheat pizza dough, easy pizza dough

Any great pizza combinations you've had lately? I'm looking to start eating more pizza.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Once you make your own dough, there is seriously no going back! I have a 100% whole wheat version I make, but it is more “thin, crispy” style. Yours looks perfect for something chewier. Viva la pizza.

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    I totally support the desire to eat more pizza. I’ve been making a lot of sweet pizzas recently (ricotta, honey and chocolate had me swooning) mainly so that I can double my pizza consuming opportunities. Hurrah for homemade pizza!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Pizza! Dont you just love pizza? I think one of your favorites is my Thai pizza or my olive pesta pizza with feta stuffed crust! Cant decide! I will have to try out the dough recipe, it sounds great!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    First off ….a foodie with no rolling pin? Oh my… I have like 3 in my kitchen drawer, a super must for making everything. Even crushing nuts with! Your pizza crust looks fab, and kuddos to your mom for bringing you all those mags, that’s awesome!!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Yeah, living abroad for a year makes it hard to decide which things are worth buying or bringing here, since we will have to figure out what to do with all of it when we leave. I figured I could make it for a year without a rolling pin. 🙂 But I do have one at home waiting for me!

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    I’ve been experimenting with whole wheat crusts to find one my son will agree to eat– I’ll give this a try, thanks!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Every time I check out your website, lately, Mimi’s chocolate cake pops up. I think it’s a sign. 🙂

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    This crust recipe (and the crust itself) looks great. I love that it is easily adaptable for making other things too (crackers!).

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Okay, so I used this recipe to make my calzones this afternoon. I doubled the recipe and made 6 huuuuuuuuge calzones. The crust is DELISH. I added 2 teaspoons of sugar, because I was scared of the yeast not rising well without it. I’m probably paranoid, though? Thanks for the great recipe!

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    I’m cool with the whole wheat crust thing. My go-to crust is half white, half wheat…so I’ll have to give this one a try. Love the idea of broiling it at the end!

    And that sauce. My goodness..it looks so decadent. And from cauliflower? This is now a must in my life.

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    I have just been thinking about making a whole wheat pizza crust. Thanks for saving me from having to experiment with a recipe! Your idea of popping the pizza under the broiler is such a great plan. P.S. I didn’t own a rolling pin for years; I used a drinking glass. Even though it didn’t work quite as well as a rolling pin, it got the job done. My grandmother used to use an empty glass Coke bottle!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Exactly! Funny thing is I didn’t even have glasses (we broke them all a while back and I still haven’t bought new ones) so I used a peanut butter jar. 🙂

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    Bjork, for the last few days, your site doesn’t display properly on my iPad. It’s all squished up on the left side of the page, with the ads overlapping the content. Can you fix it?

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      We are trying a new type of ad that will actually cover the content in order to earn more money. Nottttt. 🙂 we are working on a site redesign including responsive mobile so that could be affecting it, but I dont know why that would be visible to you since it’s on a separate test website…. Anyways, I’ll make sure Bjork hears about it. 🙂