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Whole grain pizza dough recipe

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe | UPMC Health Plan

By Claire Marshall RD

Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods, but many people think that it can’t be part of a healthy diet. By loading it up with vegetables and opting for a thin, whole wheat crust, this homemade dough can fit into any balanced diet.


  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. very warm water
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (plus additional if needed)
  • ½ tsp. salt


  1. Combine yeast, water, honey, and 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large mixing bowl, stirring well. Let stand for 10 minutes, until mixture becomes foamy.
  2. Combine 2 cups of the flour with the ½ tsp. salt, then add to yeast mixture. Stir until the dough forms a sticky ball. Using your hands, knead the dough for about 5 minutes, incorporating the remaining half-cup of flour.
  3. Use additional teaspoon of olive oil to grease and clean mixing bowl. Add the dough and flip to coat in oil. Cover and let rise for about 1.5 hours.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 375°. (If using a pizza stone, follow manufacturer’s directions for temperature and baking time.)
  5. Punch dough down, and shape into rectangle to cover a floured baking sheet. Let dough rest for 10 minutes, then add toppings and bake for at least 30 minutes until golden brown.

Approximate nutrition facts (dough only, per ⅛ of recipe): 165 calories, 3 grams fat, 29 grams carbohydrate (4 grams of fiber), 4 grams protein

I divided this recipe into two smaller pizzas and topped it with artichokes, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, and crumbled goat cheese.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?