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Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Whole wheat pizza crust that actually tastes good! This whole wheat pizza crust gives just the right amount of whole wheat flavor and texture while still being soft and chewy.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword whole wheat pizza dough
Prep Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 1 pizza dough
Calories 3499kcal
Author Lauren


  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water 105-110F
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 ½ - 4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice room temperature


  • In the mixing bowl to your standing mixer combine the yeast, warm water, honey and 1 cup for the flour.  Let sit for 30 minutes.
  • The mixture should be frothy.  Add the vital wheat gluten, salt, orange juice, olive oil, and 2 cups of flour.  Mix with the bread hook attachment, adding the remaining 1 cup of flour one ¼ cup at a time.  Once a smooth, elasticky bread comes together the dough is ready.  It may seem a little sticky, but the dough shouldn't stick to your hands.  If it does add flour, just a bit at a time.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl to rest.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size, about 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours.  As your dough approaches it's resting time, pre-heat your oven as hot as it will go with the pizza stone inside - we have a conventional oven and I found the broiler setting to work best, otherwise I preheat at 500F.  If using a baking sheet, keep the oven just slightly cooler at 475F.
  • Once dough has doubled in size, remove from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and divide in two.  Form each half into a ball.  Roll out about 16" in diameter for a thin crispy crust.  Transfer dough to parchment paper and add desired toppings.  Transfer dough and parchment paper to the hot pizza stone cook for 7 minutes and remove the parchment paper.  Turn 180 degrees and continue cooking for another 8 minutes or until crispy.  Brush the crust with extra virgin olive oil.


Calories: 3499kcal | Carbohydrates: 679g | Protein: 137g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 3523mg | Potassium: 1319mg | Fiber: 97g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 639mg | Iron: 22mg