Make Your Own Whole Wheat Pizza

by zesty on August 21, 2012 · 49 comments

Ever feel like Pizza but do not want to leave the house or order delivery?  It happens to me the odd time.  There are not a lot of great pizza joints around here other than  – what I call the prefab chain pizza stores that really don’t taste the best.

Every time I travel or am on vacation I order pizza.  I always try the mom and pop joints as the dough is usually homemade and not laced with preservatives.  I love when the sauce is not oozing out the sides and the toppings do not weigh 3 lbs.

Usually take out pizza is heavy on the salt but if you make it at home and use real” ingredients you are in full control.

So lately I have been experimenting with some homemade dough to kick things up a notch.  This dough recipe comes from Everyday Food by Martha Stewart.  I really enjoyed this recipe as it turned out really well.  For me pizza is all about the crust!  Toppings are good but I am a huge fan when it’s light on the toppings and sauce but heavy on the crust.

If you are interested in a new whole wheat pizza dough, I highly recommend this recipe.  It is very simple and produces a great texture.  I opted for a thin crust and left the pizza on the stone for a little crunch.  YUM!




  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 Packets (1/4 Ounce Each) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

Pizza Toppings

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Light Mozzarella Cheese


    1. Place water in large bowl – sprinkle with yeast.
    2. Let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes).
    3. Brush another large bowl with Olive Oil.
    4. In bowl with yeast, whisk sugar, oil and salt.  Stir in flours until a sticky dough forms.
    5. Transfer to oiled bowl (brush top of dough with oil).
    6. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until it doubles in size (about an hour).
    7. Turn dough onto a well floured surface and knead until smooth.
    8. Preheat oven to 400°.
    9. Prepare in shape of pizza and begin to assemble pizza dough.
    10. Spread sauce and then some cheese.
    11. Add toppings from above, top with cheese and bake until golden brown and cheese has melted.
    12. Time varies depending on the thickness of your crust (12-20 minutes).
    13. Top with cheese and bake.

  1. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: For ease of use, make the dough in double or triple batches and then freeze the dough in either balls or individual shells.  This will save you a lot of time in the future as you have to let one batch of dough rise … so you might as well have 3 batches rise.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite type/kind of pizza crust?

I hope you have a great start to your week.

Take care


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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 patsyk

Your pizza looks like my kind of pie! We have some great pizza places here, fortunately! But, my favorite pie would have thin and a slightly crisp crust… not too doughy like some of the chain places make it.


2 VeggieGirl

Lovely!! I adore thin crust with LOOOOADS of vegetables :-)


3 ttfn300

pizza pizza :) yummy…


4 Joanne

Pizza looks great. I love making my own dough. It just tastes that much better. I try to use the rice flour dough, but my all time favorite is good old regular pizza dough purchased from the store and formed to my own personal thickness preference.


5 Rose

This pizza looks great, Zesty. Love it!

My favorite crust is something THICK and doughy :)


6 megan

what kind of sauce do you use? I can never seem to find one I like. Do you make your own?


7 ZestyCook

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

@Megan – This particular sauce was just a bought sauce from the market. I sometimes make my own and freeze it however not this time. The brand name was Catelli.


8 Godiva2

Looks great! I make regular pizza dough and add dry It.seasoning to it. the herbs bake in the crust and adds an extra kick!


9 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday

Pizza is one of my favorite treats but making dough my self seems scarey!

Be sure to check out my blog today for this week’s BSI ingredient!


10 Meg

Looks fantastic! I like pizza crusts made with conrmeal.


11 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

That looks awesome!!!


12 ZestyCook

@Meg – I usually always add cornmeal to the pizza stone to prevent it from sticking- good one Meg!

@Mara – Thanks so much.


13 Sues

Mmm this looks like the perfect thin crust pizza! I love making homemade with whole wheat dough…makes me feel a little bit less guilty about eating 4 pieces!


14 Missy (Missy Maintains)

I love thin crust whole wheat pizza with mushrooms, spinach and cheese!


15 brandi

I LOVE PIZZAAAAA!!! especially homemade. I like thick crusts, thin crusts, doesn’t matter to me :)

I do like whole wheat or whole grain ones, just because it makes me feel like it’s a bit healthier – I have a honey whole wheat recipe that’s really good.

In fact….I may need to make pizza this week now!


16 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)

This looks delicious! I love whole wheat crust…especially when it is doughy and delicious.

Oh, and nothing beats a deep dish pizza crust, it is so gooey!


17 Hangry Pans

That pizza looks awesome! The crust looks perfect. I love thin, wheaty crust best.


18 Bob

Pizza is the bomb! I usually don’t do tons of toppings myself, especially if I’m ordering out. I’ve had bad luck with whole wheat pizza dough, I’ll have to give this one a shot!


19 Victoria

That pizza looks great!! Being from Chicago, I’ll always have a very special place in my heart for the super deep dish crust. Yum!


20 Kath

Stunning photos!!!


21 Rose-Anne

I’ve been thinking that it would be fun to try some new whole-wheat pizza dough recipes! I have a favorite recipe I use to make the dough for calzones, but I don’t LOVE it for pizzas. Your recipe here sounds delicious, so I’m adding it to my list of recipes to try.


22 finsmom

I am a big fan of homemade pizza! Your crust looks soooo good! I really like whole wheat dough!


23 Sara: Our Best Bites

oooh, I’ve been searching for a good whole wheat pizza crust so this totally caught my eye. I haven’t found one I like so I’m totally going to try this one! The pictures look fabulous.

My favorite kind of pizza is grilled on the bbq, as for toppings, anything with pineapple!


24 Laura

Your crust looks fabulous and I love that you used half whole wheat flour!


25 Pearl

pizza with lotsa vegetables and jalapenos! wooo!


26 Melissa

I am always looking for that perfect crust and this sounds like a good one. The pizza looks incredible!


27 Marianne

Hurray for pizza! I haven’t ever made my own dough before, and totally didn’t realize I could even freeze it. I should try that out one of these days. Even though I like making my quick individual pizzas on wraps, real pizza crust is superior.

If I have to choose a fave crust, it would be a pan crust – I like i ta little thick & doughy :D


28 Bamarunner

I’m making some calzones tonight with that dough!


29 Sandie

I cannot tell you how divine this pizza looks! Great toppings, nice and thin…just looking at these photos is giving me cravings beyond belief! Truly, this pizza is a thing of beauty!


30 RecipeGirl

How funny… we both did whole wheat pizza on the same day :)

I have my go-to WW crust, but would be happy to try Martha’s too. With me, the crust is pretty much an avenue for the topping flavors. It’s all about the toppings! The crust has to be good too though, I’ll admit.


31 Rod Newbound, RN

Nice recipe zesty.


I’ve been making whole wheat pizza in my kitchen for several years. About 5 years ago, I decided to experiment with doing it on our charcoal BBQ grill. I use a cast iron griddle and cook it with the lid on for about 20-25 minutes. The flavor of the smoke permeates the entire pizza. There are never any leftovers!

Incidentally, I read a study recently that proved you can double the antioxidants in whole wheat pizza by letting the dough rise for 24 hours. I’m playing with this idea – especially with my sour dough pizza crust.


32 vandya

Yummm…this looks way too tempting.just can’t wait to try it.


33 zack

its better if you will add some sugar in the first step with the yeast mixture bec,, basically it is needed by the yeast to get it activated and sugar will serve as a food for the yeast..and then the salt is added in the flour not in the yeast mixture …


34 Danica

Wow ~ I LOVE this repeat and I don’t think you can ever get enough pizza recipes or ideas :)

I am pretty impressed how you got your comments to follow along with the repost.

Happy Friday!!!!


35 Raya @ Raya Runs

It’s so funny, I just took out some pizza dough from the freezer this morning. It must be fate and pizza for dinner is my destiny! Yum!


36 ZestyCook

Raya – Tell me how it turned out! I love homemade pizza.


37 Leah

thank you!! This recipe worked perfect!


38 ZestyCook

Leah – That is great to hear! I am glad everything worked out.


39 Dynamics

Zesty, how about a pizza sauce recipe.


40 ZestyCook

I will work on that for you!


41 Cathy

Cook’s Illustrated has an article featuring thin crust pizza with a raw tomatoe sauce. The only drawback is it is white bread flour and requires the dough to sit in the fridge 24 hours. I made it a few weeks ago with really good results! It is easy to work with primarily made in a food processor. Sauce is amazing but use unsalted tomatoes OR reduce salt called for in recipe. I am trying again – just made up the dough modifying the flour by using 1/2 cup of w/w flour – hopefully it turns out as good as original and if so I’ll up the w/w quantity next time.


42 Zoey

Zesty I NEED HELP!!!!!! I have been looking forward to making pizza for, like, EVER and I was extremely happy when I saw your post… It looks INCREDIBLE… But I have a huge problem. I live in the Middle East and there are NO good tomato sauces you can buy from the stoor. I am pretty darn sure I tried every single one on the shelf but they all turned out to taste terrible! so much salt and SUGAR!!! I seriously need a recipe for some kind of tomato sauce to use in this pizza. Anyhoo, amazing as always Zesty. Thanks sooo much!!!


43 Kristina @ Love and Zest

i love making homemade dough, and freezing leftovers for another night.. sometimes I’ll even prep the pizza and then freeze it for even more convenience!


44 Megan @ Megan's Munchies

The crust is the most important part of the pizza to me!! I am not a big thin crust fan! I like traditional or deep dish :)


45 Kathleen Richardson

My favorite crust is whole wheat. The last time I made pizza, I didn’t have yeast. I found a no-yeast crust online and made that – not bad! Great post, as usual, Zesty.

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