Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

An easy recipe for whole wheat pizza dough. A healthier alternative with the same great results.

Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

I realized something weird and kind of sad today. But sad in a mostly pathetic way, not in the boo-hoo way. I’m apparently reliving the early to mid 2000’s that I never had… if that even makes sense. You see, I got sucked into Alias in a major way. Now I’m hooked on Veronica Mars and let’s not forget Friday Night Lights. At least with FNL, I can say it’s still a fairly recent show even though I totally didn’t watch a second of it until this year. Crazy how that works. You can miss an entire series and then fall hopelessly in love with it and not want to watch another new show until you’re all caught up or have watched it all.

Can we please discuss how anxious I am for Scandal to return? What is with this ridiculous extended hiatus? Don’t they make enough money to keep shows going without these multi-month breaks? Raise your hand if you’re annoyed too.  I kept thinking it was coming back next week, but nope… not until some absurd date in February, right?

I was also under the impression when I heard 24 was coming back for another short season, that it would at the very least start up in January. Nope. Another major letdown… not until May. I’m just gonna go back and binge watch Veronica Mars and forget about the rest of that.

Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

So, I’ve always been tempted to try baking with whole wheat flour but was scared to because I heard alterations and adaptions needed to be made. Gina mentioned to me that she’s had success using the white whole wheat with zero alterations. Bingo! Just what I needed to ease myself into it.

This was my first recipe using it and have to say, I totally loved it. The overall results were just as tasty as the all purpose counterpart. The dough rose beautifully, without issue.

If you’re looking to make your pizza nights a little bit healthier, be sure to try this easy whole wheat pizza dough recipe. It’s a breeze to make and will have you ditching the takeout number in a heartbeat!

I’ve heard many times that people just don’t have time to make homemade dough. It takes 5-10 minutes to make and only a few of those are active minutes. Let this rise, covered on the counter while you’re at work or out doing errands! You can even leave it covered in the fridge overnight or freeze for later! Find 10 minutes and whip up this whole wheat pizza dough.

Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

An easy recipe for whole wheat pizza dough. A healthier alternative with the same great results.
Prep Time1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


  • 1 C water heated to 115°F
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Olive oil


  • Combine warm water, heated to 115°F, with sugar and yeast. Allow yeast to proof.
  • Add 2 and 1/4 cups flour to the bowl of a stand mixer, along with salt. With dough hook attached and mixer running on low, slowly add yeast mixture. Mix, increasing speed to medium gradually, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If Dough is still sticking to the bowl, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time, up to 1/4 cup total, until dough is no longer sticky and has formed a smooth ball.
  • Lightly grease a medium bowl with olive oil. Grease hands lightly and shape dough into a smooth ball. Transfer to prepared bowl. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, roughly 45-60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or olive oil. Shape dough to desired size and thickness. Bake as is for 10 minutes. Remove, add toppings and bake until desired crispness is reached, 15-20 minutes.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

Pizza recipes to try:
Bacon-basil pesto and chicken pizza
Broccoli and chicken Alfredo garlic bread pizza
Loaded mashed potato pizza
Cajun chicken pizza
Bacon and barbecue chicken pizza
Breakfast pizza
Carnitas pizza
Italian sausage and pepper pizza

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43 Responses to “Whole Wheat Pizza Dough”

  1. #
    Jenny Flake — January 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Haha! I have the same recipe coming next week, lol! Gotta love it :)

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

      So funny!! Can’t wait to see your post :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I seriously have an obsession with white whole wheat flour, or whole wheat pastry flour…I can never tell the difference when I use those in place of AP.
    I was literally just thinking I need to make some pizza for the hubs sometime soon, a man cannot survive of salads and pomegranates forever. This looks perfect!
    I’m sad to say that I haven’t watched any of those shows….but there is always time to start!
    p.s…totally love the writing in the flour…cute!

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Taylor! And seriously… it’s time for a pizza night ;) I’m sure he’ll love it.

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    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — January 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I agree – making your own dough doesn’t take long at all and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER! Looking forward to giving this version a try :)

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      It really is so simple and quick to make. I wish more people realized that.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Such fun pictures! I am almost all caught up with my shows. At least Downton is still playing currently. Seriously all of these shows and their long breaks- you know how I feel about that! And UGH I just yesterday had another person ask me if I watched FNL! I tried years and years ago but I just couldn’t do it. I really should give it another shot. And Scandal is on my radar too, but I’m not paying for it lol I’m good at waiting. ;)

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      hahaha it’s like a sickness that you can’t stand to watch a show or read a book when you have to wait for more ;)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 24, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This dough seems easy enough to handle. I bet I could make it happen :) I’m totally about to go watch FNL now because you mentioned it. Ahhh this is going to be bad news cause I’m totally going to binge on it…for the 3rd time ;) LOVE the photos!!

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      You’re obsessed ;) Countdown to Austin…

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    ha! TWO HANDS RAISED! I’m so annoyed that Scandal doesn’t come back until FEb 27th. I got hooked and watched all the seasons over Christmas break, and now it feels like a lifetime ago. I love that show. I think it’s by far my favorite.
    A couple summers ago, I was HOOKED on Veronica Mars…watched all the seasons in like 4 days or something absurd. I was so bummed out when it was over!
    BUT they’re releasing a VMars movie! Coming out this March 14th! I think Ill have to go to the theater by myself, but I don’t care, so excited for it!

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      I seriously kept thinking it was this week and then oh wait no, next week but sadly I’m SO wrong. Waiting an extra month is pure torture.

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    natalie@thesweetslife — January 24, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I will forever define 2013 as the year of FNL for me :) Totally behind the curve on that one but so glad I eventually came around to it bc WHOA, fave!!!

    Ha and my friend just recommended Veronica Mars so now I’ll have to check that out!

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      You really should check it out! I started binge watching yesterday and plan to later too when time permits lol

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Rachel-This dough looks perfect! Whole is wheat is always much healthier than white pizza dough. Hopefully I will try to add more whole wheat and whole grain into our diet this year!

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      I love easy substitutions like that. It really is such a great way to get it into your diet.

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — January 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

    pinning the recipe right now!

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks so much :)

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I love using white whole wheat flour for pizza dough! Your dough looks perfect!

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Jessica!

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — January 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I didn’t watch Breaking Bad until about a month before the series finale. And then binge watched it on Netflix like my life depended on it. I heart netflix.
    And I heart this pizza dough, prefect for tv-show-binge-watching

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      Rachel — January 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      I’ve heard so much about that show. Maybe after Veronica Mars I’ll attempt Breaking Bad. If everyone loved it, it’s got to be good. :)

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    Wendy | Around My Family Table — January 25, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I’m loving your whole wheat version! I have a regular version on AMFT that we use all the time, so I can’t wait to give your’s a try for the next pizza night!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — January 25, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Homemade dough is always the best. I am thinking pizza would be the perfect lunch today.

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    Melissa — January 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I was under the impression pizza dough would take forever to make! You make this look so easy I am going to have to give it a try. I’ve just started working with yeast with some seriousness; something savory to balance out all the sweet stuff would be good!

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      Rachel — January 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      I have a feeling that’s what most people think, that it’s difficult and time consuming but in reality… it’s neither! I hope you try it enjoy it! :)

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    Sarah F. — January 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    This looks delicious! I love a good homemade pizza dough – it makes a pizza so much better! Do you think it would work to complete all the prep for this recipe up to baking it for the 10 minutes at one time and then later putting the toppings on and finishing baking? I want to make the buffalo chicken pizza this Sunday but won’t have the time all at once to make the homemade crust and then assemble and bake the pizza.

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      Rachel — January 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I don’t know how partially baking and then waiting would turn out. Personally, I’d recommend prepping the dough ahead and then finishing when you’re ready to bake. You can prep dough ahead 24-48 hours ahead but you must bring it to room temperature prior to shaping. Hope that helps! Enjoy the pizza :)

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    Alayna — February 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t have a stand mixer . Can I still use this recipe and mix it by hand ? And how would I go about doing so? How long does it take the yeast mixture to proof, I have never worked with yeast before.

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      Rachel — February 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      The yeast proofing stage can vary a lot, but typically you’ll see good results in 5-10 minutes. Keep in mind if you do not, that means that your water was too hot or too cold or your yeast was dead to begin with. Check the date and be careful about your liquid temperature. Mixing by hand could certainly be done but it will take a lot of elbow grease and determination. You can start out by mixing with a wooden spoon in a large bowl and then continue by hand. Good luck!

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    Abbey — February 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

    If I wanted to make the dough the night before, could you walk me through that?

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      Rachel — February 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Follow the directions through the rise time, then chill overnight and bring to room temperature prior to baking.

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    Abbey — February 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm


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    Kristina — February 19, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Hey! Sounds like a great recipe! Exactly what I was looking for on Pinterest :) Approx. How many pizzas will this make? 2?

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      Rachel — February 19, 2014 at 9:50 am

      It will vary for every person depending on how thick/thin you like it but roughly 1 large (figure 1 large cookie sheet) or two medium pizzas.

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    Megan — September 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Hi! I love this recipe but I’m new to the freezing world. Would I let this rise and then freeze it? Yes?

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      Rachel — September 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      I like to allow it to fully rise and then portion off into desired sizes, wrap and freeze. Remember to thaw in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature fully before using.

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    Tanya Kopel — November 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I just came across this recipe on Pinterest, and am excited to try it out! Looks so easy! I make pizza dough with AP flour, and was looking for a healthier alternative. Thank you!
    Oh, and by the way, you haven’t experienced hiatus util you get hooked on BBC’s Sherlock, and have to wait 2 years to get 3 episodes! 0_o. Still worth it though!

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      Rachel — November 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      So glad you found me! I hope you enjoy the pizza dough! :)

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    Catherine — March 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Rachel, your pizza dough looks perfect. I mus try it with whole wheat flour next time. xo, Catherine

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      Rachel — March 28, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thanks so much! You should definitely give it a try! :)

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    Christina — April 28, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    What is the best way to freeze this recipe?

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      Rachel — April 29, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Prep dough as instructed. Then shape into a ball and freeze in an airtight plastic bag. Thaw in the refrigerator.

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