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100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Total Time: 1 hour 18 mins
  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 1 cup tepid-warm water* (see notes for 1.5 cups water)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast* (see notes for 3 teaspoons yeast)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour* (see notes for additional flour if needed)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • *1 tsp optional seasonings of choice (garlic powder, oregano, basil, etc.)


  1. Add the yeast and honey to the warm water. Let sit for about five minutes so it can get nice and frothy.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and any additional seasonings you’d like.
  3. Once the yeast is frothy, mix in the 2 tbsp olive oil and then pour the liquids into the flour mixture, stirring with a fork.
  4. After a couple of minutes, it will be impossible to continue stirring with the fork so continue kneading by hand either in the mixing bowl (if it is large enough) or on a floured flat service, for about 5-10 minutes. If it seems too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water. (You can also mix this in a standing mixer with a dough hook attached.)
  5. (From start to now, this process should take about 20 minutes.) Once it’s a smooth ball of dough, cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour. (It can also sit overnight, or up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.
  6. Whenever you’re ready to make pizza, just roll the dough out into two large or four small/medium crusts, add toppings of choice, and bake on 500 degrees fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.*For a soft top and crunchy bottom, create a thicker crust and cook for about 12-15 minutes.


**Update fall 2016** I've made this dozens of times, but as I've gotten more comfortable with dough, I have made some changes. Instead of 1 cup water, I recommend 1.5 cups for a softer crust, and you can even use up to 3 teaspoons (1 Tablespoon) yeast for more rise and fluff. With these changes, you will likely need an additional 1/4-cup to 1/3-cup flour during the kneading step.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Category: Bread, Entree, Lunch, Snack, Bento
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