Making pizza from scratch is so satisfying and it means you can put all kinds of wonderful toppings on it. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough has a bad reputation of being bland and dense, but our version is anything but. It's soft, chewy and crispy and it makes the perfect base for all your favourite pizza toppings.
We love finding healthier versions of our favourite foods (that is actually how Hungry Healthy Happy started out), and it's so easy to make pizza at home, and to make it a little lighter. Homemade dough is a great place to start and our whole wheat pizza dough recipe has whole grains and more fibre than regular dough and is digested slower than refined grains.
Why you will love it
- Satisfying - It is so satisfying making your own dough. Kneading it is very therapeutic and kids will love mixing it all together too.
- Less than 250 calories per serving - Dough on a takeaway pizza can be really thick and high in calories. But you can roll this out as thin as you like to make it lighter.
- A good opportunity to get kids involved - If you want to get your kids more involved in the kitchen, this is a good place to start. It's a little bit messy with the flour and involves mixing, both of which they will love. Check out our post about Cooking With Kids.
- Freezes well - We make a big batch of this and then keep individual balls of dough in the freezer ready for other pizza nights.
- Whole wheat (wholemeal) flour - Any whole wheat flour will work, but you do get what you pay for, so get as good a quality one as you can afford.
- Warm water - Make sure the water is warm (45°C/115°F max). If it is too hot, it will kill the yeast.
- Yeast - We used quick yeast.
- Sugar - Can be left out, but helps to activate the yeast.
- Oil - Any oil can be used, but we went for a good quality extra virgin olive oil as it has a lovely flavour.
- Honey - Optional, but again, adds to the flavour.
- Salt - Salt is important as it helps to tighten the gluten structure and makes your dough stronger.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make pizza dough - Step by step
One: In a jug, mix the warm water, sugar and olive oil and yeast and let it rest for 5 minutes. Whisk in the oil and honey.
Two: Put the flour in to a large bowl, make a well in the middle and add a small amount of the liquid.
Three: Using a fork, pull the flour into the middle and start mixing. Continue adding the liquid slowly while mixing until a ball of dough is formed.
Four: Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
Five: Place the dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl. Turn the dough so that it is coated thinly with oil.
Six: Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for around an hour so it can rise (it should double in size). See below for proofing dough in an oven.
Seven: Remove the dough and knead again for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, and either freeze or use immediately.
Proofing dough in an oven
Proofing (or proving) dough can easily be done in the oven. Preheat your oven to its lowest setting and once it has reached temperature, turn it off. While the oven is heating, boil your kettle.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl on a rack in the centre of the oven and another oven proof bowl on the bottom shelf with 750ml (3 cups) of boiled water in it. Close the oven door and leave for an hour. Once the hour is up, the dough should have doubled in size.
The first thing, is a good sauce, so why not use our Easy Pizza Sauce to start with? You could even use BBQ sauce as a base. Then the choice of pizza toppings is literally only restricted by your imagination! Go wild! Add vegetables, meat even fruit if you want!
Instead of using a marinara, make a sweet pizza. Spread with our Homemade Nutella and then add whatever sweet treats you like, like marshmallows and strawberries.
Whatever you decide to top your pizza with, kids will love helping out.
What to serve it with
We try to do pizza night every week, as it's one food we can all agree on. We make our own mini pizzas, with out own favourite toppings, and then have some side dishes to share.
Here are some of our favourite side dishes to go with pizza:
- Celeriac Chips
- Little Gem Salad
- Homemade Fries with our French Fry Seasoning
- Oven Baked Onion Rings
- Baked Carrot Fries
- Spanish Olives
- Parmesan Truffle Fries
- Greek Potatoes
- Grilled Corn with Herb Butter
- Mexican Coleslaw
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
This is the perfect make ahead pizza dough and is ideal for freezing. This recipe makes enough for 4 good sized pizzas, so you can always have some pizza dough on hand. Simply wrap the individual balls of dough in a strong cling film (Saran Wrap) and put in the freezer. It will keep in the freezer for 3-4 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight (for at least 12 hours).
You can leave out the sugar, but sugar increases the activity of the yeast. Also, the small amount of sugar used will tenderise the dough, resulting in a chewier consistency when it is cooked.
Yes, it is healthier (although this is such a subjective word), because as it offers whole grains and fibre and is digested slower than refined grains.
• If the yeast doesn't dissolve, your yeast is dead. Start again with active yeast.
• Make sure the water is warm (45°C/115°F max). If it is too hot, it will kill the yeast.
• Add a tablespoon of honey to the dough mixture for a really lovely flavour.
• To get a really crispy cooked pizza base, use a ceramic pizza stone.
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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
- 185 ml (1.25 cups) Warm water
- 0.5 teaspoon Dried yeast
- 0.5 teaspoon Sugar
- 0.5 tablespoon Olive oil - (extra virgin is best for flavour)
- 0.5 tablespoon Honey
- 200 g (1.66 cups) Whole wheat flour
- 1 pinch Sea salt
- In a jug, mix 185 ml Warm water, 0.5 teaspoon Sugar and 0.5 teaspoon Dried yeast and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Add 0.5 tablespoon Olive oil, 0.5 tablespoon Honey and 1 pinch Sea salt. Whisk well.
- Put 200 g Whole wheat flour into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.
- Gradually pour the wet mixture into the middle of the well, pulling the flour into the centre with a fork. Continue until the liquid is all in with the flour. Mix well until you have a dough ball.
- Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
- Place the dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl. Turn the dough so that it is coated thinly with oil.
- Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for around an hour so it can rise (it should double in size).
- Remove the dough and knead again for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, and either freeze or use immediately.
- If the yeast doesn't dissolve, your yeast is dead. Start again with active yeast.
- Make sure the water is warm (45°C/115°F max). If it is too hot, it will kill the yeast.
- Add a tablespoon of honey to the dough mixture for a really lovely flavour.
- To get a really crispy cooked pizza base, use a ceramic pizza stone.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.