Weeknight Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

At the end of an epic, 3-hour Target shopping marathon, I found myself exhausted, hungry, and in a dangerous, dangerous place: the frozen pizza aisle. The plastic-wrapped Tombstone Deluxe was calling to me sweetly—until I remembered a formidable, stabilizing force in my life: Weeknight Whole Wheat Pizza Crust.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust. An easy recipe for whole wheat pizza dough that anyone can makeAll that stands between you and the best, easiest homemade pizza crust of your life is 40 minutes and a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now. This whole wheat pizza crust recipe requires only 10 minutes knead (100% of which can be done by mixer), 30 minutes to rise, and 5 seconds to devour .

Homemade pizza is one of our most frequent weeknight dinners, and this is my go-to recipe. It yields enough dough for two large pizzas and can be kept in the fridge for up to three days. With only one quick batch of this whole wheat pizza crust, I have enough homemade dough for two generous dinners, with leftovers to spare for lunch the next day.

A few years ago, I became obsessed with making wood oven-style pizza at home, which eventually lead me to this recipe. Although I still love it and think it makes a fabulous pizza, the yield is smaller (Ben and I can polish off a pizza and a half in one night), and the dough needs to rest for a minimum of 24 hours. It’s wonderful crust, but sometimes a hungry girl needs pizza NOW. I went on a quest for a homemade whole wheat pizza crust recipe that was attainable on a weeknight, when my stomach was growling before I’d even begun to cook.

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Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust. You'll never want to use storebought crust again!My mission lead me to today’s pizza crust recipe, a modified version of the dough Ina Garten uses for 99% of her pizzas. Like the rest of Ina’s recipes, it is straightforward to prepare with excellent results. (Dear Ina, if you are reading this, I love you and will fly to the Hamptons immediately to be your personal assistant. ~xo, Erin)

A forever fan of fiber and whole grains, I wanted my perfect weeknight pizza crust to be whole wheat. I played around with various ratios of white to whole wheat flour, different types of whole wheat flour (regular whole wheat, white whole wheat, and whole wheat pastry), and I experimented with few different dough enhancers too.

Dozens of pizzas (and pizza-induced food comas) later, I can say with absolute certainty that today’s whole wheat pizza crust recipe is my favorite: half all-purpose flour, half white whole wheat flour. It’s really that simple. Regular whole wheat flour can be used in place of the white whole wheat, but the crust will be a little firmer and the nutty flavor of the whole wheat more pronounced. Also, a dough enhancer called vital wheat gluten is nice and will make the pizza crust softer, but it is not necessary. (If you want a little of the science behind vital wheat gluten, I talk about it towards the bottom of this post.)

How to make homemade whole wheat pizza crust. An easy, healthy recipe that makes perfect pizza!Prepare to shame all frozen pizza, crust from a can, and anyone who ever lead you to believe that homemade pizza dough is too difficult for the average person to make at home. This whole wheat pizza crust recipe is healthy, easy, and yours for turning any old weeknight into fabulous homemade pizza night. In the words of my sister, for whom I made homemade pizza using this recipe: “WHOA. This crust is blowing my mind.”

Frozen pizza aisle, tempt away. We’re ready.

Weeknight Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Never buy premade pizza dough again! This easy homemade whole wheat pizza crust recipe is quick enough to make on a weeknight and healthy too. It yields enough crust for two large pizzas and can be refrigerated for 3 days, so with only one batch, you'll have multiple nights' dinner at the ready.

Yield: 2 pizza crusts (enough for 2 10x15-inch pizzas)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups warm (100 to 110 degrees F) water
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (optional—will yield a fluffier dough)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Place the water, yeast, olive oil, and honey in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook. (If the bowl is cold, start with warmer water so it remains at least 100 degrees F when you add the yeast.) Add the 2 cups white whole wheat flour, 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, the vital wheat gluten (if using), and the salt. Mix on medium-low speed. (If you do not have a stand mixer, complete this step in a regular mixing bowl and use a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients.)
  2. As you mix, slowly add the remaining 1 cup all purpose flour, adding just enough to make a soft dough. Mix the dough on medium-low speed (or knead by hand on a well-floured board) for 8-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic, sprinkling it with flour as needed to keep it from sticking to the bowl. Spray a large, clean mixing bowl with cooking spray, then place the dough in the bowl and turn it once to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, rolling each 1 into a smooth ball. If you are only making 1 pizza, wrap the second dough tightly in plastic and refrigerate for up to three days or freeze for up to one month.
  4. To bake the dough into a pizza: Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or dust the baking sheet with cornmeal. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, then roll it gently into a 11x14-inch rectangle, working from the center. If the dough springs back, allow it to rest a few minutes, then continue. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet, then top with desired pizza toppings, being careful not to add too many, or the crust will not crisp in the center. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the crust is golden and lightly crisp.

Unbaked pizza dough can be rolled into a ball and stored well wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for two days or freezer for up to one month. If refrigerated, let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes, then proceed to roll the dough as directed. Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

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  1. This is such a great recipe! I’m definitely trying it one night this week.
    By the way, I’m very familiar with Target shopping sprees. It’s a dangerously wonderful store. And they just put out all their Halloween candy…sigh.

  2. Sounds like something I can actually do! I never buy the prepackaged so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Also loves that it makes two doughs and can be frozen. Perfect!

  3. This is the recipe of my dreams! I always want pizza, but never have enough time!

  4. Target is so dangerous and addictive — why aren’t there PSAs about it already? Though, this dough looks pretty dangerously addictive, too, and I’m not going to complain about it ;-)

  5. I love that this recipe only calls for 30 minutes of rising! And it’s whole wheat, which means I can have an extra slice (or three), right?

  6. Love that you came up with an easy version of a whole wheat pizza crust! This looks perfect!

  7. Pinning this! We make pizza every week and I never plan far enough ahead to make real pizza dough. I love that there is only 30 minutes of rising! And the whole wheat! Thanks Erin, hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  8. And bookmarked!! I always need a good go-to pizza crust recipe! xoxo

  9. Ah, it’s always the best when you have some pizza dough stashed away for after exhausting shopping trips!! I need to get on the pizza dough making so I can have some in the freezer! I ran out of regular white dough…whole wheat sounds way better ;)

  10. Target is like a black hole. You go in for two things and suddenly you’re leaving having spent $200. A good go-to weeknight pizza crust recipe is a great idea. Saving this!

  11. We love homemade pizza on a homemade crust too – specially after a 3 hour Target rendezvous! :)

  12. Seriously who can resist pizza! Love the whole wheat version.
    Have a beautiful Monday!

  13. I love making home made pizza but hate all the waiting. This is perfect!

  14. It’s high time I get my act together and make my own pizza dough! Thanks for making it look so easy and pushing me in the right direction :)

  15. Good job avoiding that frozen pizza aisle and all her crafty ways! We love weeknight pizzas too – especially with quick doughs like this! I need to give yours a try.

  16. Sounds good, just not a whole wheat girl :) shame on me eh?
    Ina was on QVC yesterday and her book sold out…..she had some yummy recipes….I watch her on Food Network and I do like her, but she kinda has this nervous laugh that drives me up a wall !!!!!! sorry about that :)
    Have a great day…..

  17. Who doesn’t love pizza. I love a good trusty pizza dough recipe.

  18. I’ve been far too impatient to try the 24 hour pizza crust, but it’s definitely on my list. 99% of my pizza nights include (gulp) Trader Joe’s pre-made pizza crust. I used to make homemade all the time, then I discovered said crust, and I rarely make my own. So bad, I know. I love that this takes little preparation AND little rising time!

  19. Loooove me some amazing homemade pizza, and this one sounds absolutely fantastic. Also, a 3 hour Target trip…isn’t that the norm? lol, I feel like I always get suckered into something, then spend an hour justifying it to myself, then to my hubby lol. But homemade pizza over frozen pizza is the best, every single time!

  20. Yay, way to go on not giving in to the frozen pizza aisle especially after a 3 hour shopping marathon :) We love homemade pizza and this whole wheat version sounds amazing! Can’t wait to give this quick weeknight version a try:)

  21. Ooh, this sounds perfect for pizza night. I’ll take mine with extra cheese and pepperoni, please!

  22. I haven’t made pizza in a while. This needs to change! I love the look of this!

  23. Oh dear…. now I have absolutely no excuses left. I’m not really sure if I should be thanking you for this little gem of a recipe or throwing myself at you with gusto & thanks :)
    A really good pizza base makes all the difference. Yep…. it’s official…. it’s a mighty big thanks for sharing this one.

  24. Erin, LOVE homemade pizza dough . . have not yet mastered the whole wheat pizza dough so pinning and can’t wait to try this one!!! LOVE!!

  25. I do love a good homemade pizza dough!! Maybe if I used the white WW flour, Paul wouldn’t notice it’s whole wheat! :-)

  26. Yes the 24hr dilemma!!! This solves it!! Thank you :)))

  27. Erin I love how easy this is! And I’m sure it tastes a million times better than frozen pizza. Can’t wait to try this!

  28. Homemade pizza is one of our weekly meals, always a guaranteed hit. I’ll have to give your crust a try, I love how quick it is!

  29. YES! I love this recipe! I always want to make my own pizza dough but they usually take too much time. Love that this dough is ready so quickly!

  30. Hi Erin, thanks so much for this recipe! I have a tried and trust pizza crust that I use, and from time to time I’ll make it with half whole wheat or half spelt flour and I used to be able to find this 12 grain bread mix that was amazing blended in. But this post had a total light bulb moment for me – the vital wheat gluten! I’m from Canada but live in Sweden now, and ever since we moved here I’ve noticed that my pizza crusts (and bready things in general) don’t turn out very well. I did a bit of research and found out that the gluten content of Swedish flour is significantly lower than what I’m used to. Canadian flour has a gluten content of about 13% and I believe American is around 11% but Swedish (and most European flours) is a measly 8%. Since gluten is so thirsty, I’ve found my recipes all need to be adjusted and many just don’t turn out as well. But I bet a few tablespoons of vital wheat gluten would be a total game changer! I’m going to track some down and get to the bottom of this! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  31. This crust looks so good – love that it’s whole wheat! I really need to try making my own pizza.

  32. i have been looking for a good crust recipe to try! def gonna try this one!

  33. Would it be possible to do a gluten free version of this? I do a lot with all purpose gluten free flour, but am wondering if I could just sub it in for your wheat flour?? Thoughts??

    • Hi Emma! That is a great question, and I wish that I could give you a clear answer. Unfortunately, I am not experienced in baking gluten free. If you have had success subbing GF flour for wheat all purpose in other yeast bread recipes, I think it’s definitely worth trying. I wish I could give you a direct answer from experience, but unfortunately I just haven’t tried myself.

  34. Thank you for the encouragement I needed to make my own pizza crust! The first time I followed the recipe as written (without the optional ingredient). Last night, I used half whole wheat and half white whole wheat flour. I increased the olive oil and vital wheat gluten by one tablespoon each and omitted the honey. Fabulous!

  35. Hi Erin – I am a recent follower and have LOVED every recipe I have made from this blog. I am going to attempt the beet/apple/cheddar pizza this weekend. Curious – can I use brown whole wheat flour for this recipe? Thanks!!

  36. Hi Erin!
    This sounds wondetful. But what kind of dried yeast did you use, for I know that there ate different kinds in the US. In Germany we just have the fresh bakers yeast or regular dried…
    Have a great weekend! 

  37. I notoriously suck at working with yeast, and I got this dough to turn out marvelously! I am no longer scared of making homemade dough, and am excited to wow our home with homemade pizza regularly. Bye bye Pilsbury. Thank you Erin!

    • Elizabeth, I’m so happy that this dough worked out for you! Now that you have the hang of it, you’ll never need the canned stuff again. Way to go and thanks for sharing your review!

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