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Delicious and filling, you’ll love this simple Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe! Easily made in a stand mixer, food processor, or by hand, this homemade vegan pizza dough is fool-proof and sure to become a family favorite.

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Making your own 100% whole wheat pizza dough is much easier than you think. This recipe produces a delicious and perfect dough – crusty on the bottom and soft on top.

If you have been scared of yeasted pizza dough in the past, have no fear! I believe in you and you’re going to totally ace this!

And before you know it, pretty soon you’re going to be whipping up other yeasted doughs like Corn Pizza, Air Fryer Calzones, Overnight Cinnamon Rolls, and Homemade Pretzel Rolls like a freaking boss.

Pair the crust with some the Best homemade Pizza Sauce recipe, White Garlic Pizza Sauce, Vegan Pesto, roasted veggies like Air Fryer Roasted Garlic, and some Whole30 Breakfast Sausage.

4 photos showing the process of making vegan pizza crust

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Whole Wheat Flour Instead of Bread Flour for Pizza Dough?

Yes! Whole wheat flour makes fantastic pizza dough. By adding 1 tbsp of vital wheat gluten per cup of whole wheat flour, you can make pizza dough that rises and rolls, beautifully.

Does Wheat Pizza Dough Taste Good?

Yes, whole-wheat pizza tastes delicious. It has a great texture and an almost nutty flavor. It’s a great base for all of your favorite pizzas.

Is Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Healthy?

Whole wheat flour contains all parts of the wheat and a lot of fiber. Compared with all-purpose/white flour, whole wheat flour often makes you feel more full/satiated.

Unlike white flour, whole wheat flour often takes longer to digest, which can keep blood sugar from spiking dramatically.

Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?

Yes! Pizza dough is very simple to freeze and is for great meal prep.

This recipe makes enough dough for two 12-inch (medium) pizzas. If you only want to make one, you can freeze the extras for later. Wrap the ball in parchment paper and then transfer to a freezer bag (I use these reusable silicone bags). 

Even better, if you have an extra pizza pan, you can fully make another pizza and then freeze it unbaked. I allow it to freeze completely and then wrap in foil. Store for up to three months.

To use: all the dough to fully defrost, making sure it sits at room temperature for at least an hour.

How Long Can You Keep Pizza Dough in the Fridge

You can refrigerate unbaked dough for up to three days in an air-tight container.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Look for whole wheat pastry flour if possible. It has the softest and finest texture of any whole wheat flour.
  • Need to use all-purpose flour? The measurements in the recipe card remain the same but exclude the vital wheat gluten.
  • No stand mixer? You can mix by hand or use the dough blade function in a food processor, pulsing until it forms a ball.
  • If your kitchen is on the cool side, you can preheat your oven to 200F degrees and then turn it off. Place the bowl in the oven for 20-30 minutes until doubled in size. You can also add a bit of olive oil to an Instant Pot and proof it with a glass lid on the yogurt setting for 10-15 minutes.
  • I love the crispy crust you get from using a cast iron pizza pan. You’ll never go back to a normal pan! New to cast iron cookware? You can read all about how to use cast iron here.
3 photos showing the process of rolling pizza dough onto a cast iron pan
2 slices of pizza on a grey plate with a fork and parmesan cheese
4.82 from 11 ratings

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Servings: 8 slices
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
2 balls of whole wheat pizza dough on a white board with tomatoes, basil, and olive oil.
Delicious and filling, you'll love this simple whole wheat pizza dough recipe! Easily made in a stand mixer, food processor, or by hand, this homemade vegan pizza dough is fool-proof and sure to become a family favorite.




How to Make Pizza Dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm water, add other ingredients, and mix for 2-5 min on low until the dough has cleaned the sides of the bowl.
    1 cup warm water, 2 1/4 tsp active dry instant yeast, 2.5-3 cups whole wheat pastry flour, 3 tbsp vital wheat gluten, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Remove the dough and drizzle a bit of olive oil around the edges of the mixing bowl, and coat all sides of the dough with the oil.  
  • Cover with a warm damp kitchen towel, and allow the dough to rise until doubled (time will depend on the temp of your kitchen).

To Bake the Pizza

  • Preheat the oven to 425F degrees. Place a pizza stone in the oven while it preheats.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal on the hot pan, and spread the dough around with your hands or a rolling pin.
  • Cover with your preferred toppings. Bake until the cheese is hot and bubbling (usually 15-20 minutes). Check and rotate at 10 minutes.


  1. Need to use all-purpose flour? The measurements above remain the same but exclude the vital wheat gluten.
  2. If your kitchen is on the cool side, you can preheat your oven to 200 degrees F and then turn it off. Place the bowl in the oven for 20-30 minutes until doubled in size. You can also add a bit of olive oil to an Instant Pot and proof it with a glass lid on the yogurt setting for 10-15 minutes.
  3. You can also mix pizza dough by hand or use the dough blade in a food processor.


Serving: 2slicesCalories: 192kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods, Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
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    1. You can use whatever pan you have available. We’ve done baking sheets, metal pizza pans, etc. Pizza stones make it crispier, but the pizza will still be tasty without it.

  1. Hi, Sarah,

    I’ve made your dough recipe 2x now and there was not a slice left either time, even my B-I-L went back for seconds and he almost never does. The crust has that perfect blend of “pull-y-chewy” and”crispy-crusty” and it will now be my go-to crust mix. I lurved it and so did my sister

    Robin5 stars

  2. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I often make pizza using bread flour, but this time was a first for me using whole wheat dough. My family enjoyed it. I won’t go back to my old standard dough for oven-baked pizza. Any idea if this would work well for grilled pizza?5 stars

    1. Emily, I haven’t made it on the grill but we always talk about it. It *should* be fine. If you do make it, let me know and I’ll update the recipe with your notes.

      1. I am guessing that after a few more goes at making it as oven pizza I will have the feel for the dough a bit better. I can’t wait for grilling season to return to give it a try. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

      2. Sarah, we do it on the grill all the time! Just put it in a hot cast iron skillet and keep the heat on the grill around 400 degrees and keep an eye on it!

  3. looks like something I can make with my little man too! I had never thought about making breadsticks with the dough too.5 stars

  4. Hello! I have been looking for a good pizza dough recipe! Couple questions – what kind of flour do you use? – when you bake for 15 min is that with toppings? (may sound dumb but I’ve heard of people parbaking crust so it won’t get soggy) – what type of pan do you use? My pizzas have all been soggy in the middle and I was wondering if it was the pan. Thanks!5 stars

    1. I use 1 cup bread flour and whole wheat for the rest. Add 2 tblsp vital wheat gluten if you use whole wheat.

      I bake with the toppings on. If I’m making a pizza that might get soggy in the middle, I pre-bake for about 5 minutes.

      I use a basic pizza stone from Costco. Make sure you put the pizza stone in the oven while the oven is heating up. A really hot stone will help keep the crust nice and crispy.

  5. Love homemade pizza dough. This recipe will be tried for sure. BTW-although I do have a Kitchen Aid mixer, for those that do not, pizza dough can be mixed in a food processor. Check your manual for doughs. I’ve used my processor for pizza dough since early 80’s. Now for me,it’s a little easier to get out and use. That being said, I LOVE my kitchen aid and she gets used very much during the holidays!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe!5 stars

  6. Haley I just made this recipe last night, by hand- I worked wonderfully! The dough was sticky- but I rolled it out on a well floured surface, and used oil and cornmeal on the baking pan and it was the BEST pizza crust I have made from scratch.

    Thanks for the recipe, Sarah!5 stars

  7. Any tips for if I don’t have a kitchen aid mixer?? I have a husband with a strong arm and a bowl, will that work the same?