100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

This 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust Recipe is a lifesaver. Make the perfect pizza every time and feel good about what you’re fueling your body with!

I’m a lover of all things pizza! Check out this fun recipes:Easy Pepperoni Pizza MuffinsPerfect Pepperoni Pizza Sticks and Amazing No-Knead Refrigerator Pizza Dough.Image of whole wheat pizza dough

100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Let’s talk pizza. I love pizza. It’s probably one of my very favorite foods. It’s just so full of carbs, cheese, and veggies and I can’t get enough. I’m here to tell you that I think pizza can be health food and that you can make it healthy without your family even knowing it! I promise. Really! I make four pizzas just about every week and it’s something we look forward to. Pizza night is always a hit!whole wheat pizza dough

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The Crust:

If 100% whole wheat pizza crust doesn’t sound good to you then you just need the recipe that follows. It’s an overnight recipe (though it works just about as well if you make it in the morning and let it sit until dinner). There’s something magical about letting the dough sit and giving the starches time to break down a bit. This recipe turns out amazingly chewy yet tender pizza crust and you’ll never go back to your old recipe (or baking method for that matter) again! Those whole grains are just better for you in general and the fiber really keeps you (and those kiddos) full a lot longer.

The Sauce:

Ditch the premade which generally has too much sugar and about a million extra ingredients you don’t need hiding in it.  [affiliate link]  The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book suggests this recipe and I’ve been making it ever since I saw it: 2 T. olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (extra points if you home can them, which I do every summer!) – In a small sauce pan cook the oil and garlic together over medium heat until the garlic starts to smell good. Add the tomatoes and simmer until it thickens a bit, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. DONE! Really. Three ingredients and it tastes amazing! When I’m feeling really lazy I just open up the tomatoes and add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste and stir it all together right in the can. It’s not as good but man is it better than any other pizza sauce and it’s quick. Sauce equals extra veggies, so cut out all that extra stuff and just stick to the tomatoes!

The Cheese:

Dairy is pretty controversial when it comes to healthy eating but I love the stuff. Just buy a brand of cheese that doesn’t have extra ingredients and don’t feel like you have to drown the pizza in it. I only use about a cup to a cup and a half of mozzarella per large pizza and it’s plenty. I also recommend buying some good Parmesan that you can grate over the top of the sauce (and then add the Mozzarella) just a little bit of a more expensive cheese that has lots of flavor goes a long ways in the taste department.


Go heavy on the veggies! You can’t lose there. And if you are eating clean skip the meats or try to find nitrate-free pepperoni (good luck with that… I can’t find it anywhere). When I let my kids pick what they want on it and then have them help me “decorate the pizza” aka add the toppings, they are much more likely to eat all the veggies. We love all the traditional vegetables – mushrooms, black olives, bell peppers, red onion, and diced tomato top our list.

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I’m sure that none of that info was mind-blowing to you but the real secret to amazing pizza is in a good crust. The magic in this crust comes letting it sit over night and the baking method of the pizza. When you combine the two you have the world’s best whole wheat pizza in town. I promise! Put this on your to-try list and pin it for later because it’s one you are going to come back to again and again.

What can I use besides a baking stone to cook pizza?

If you don’t have a stone you can turn your biggest cookie sheet upside down (so that the flat side is up) or use a rimless sheet. If you are using a stone let the stone heat for 30 minutes. If using a baking sheet, let it heat for 15 minutes.

What if I’m in a hurry and can’t wait 24 hours for my dough?

If you can’t wait that long try this recipe: Amazing No-Knead Refrigerator Pizza Dough.

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Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths- Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 medium to large pizzas 1x


This 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust Recipe is a lifesaver. Make the perfect pizza every time and feel good about what you’re fueling your body with!



  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups cold water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pizza sauce (see notes or farther up in the post for a great recipe)
  • Cheese
  • Toppings


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Mix to combine. Add the cold water and oil and mix until a soft dough forms. The dough will be sticky to the touch and a lot wetter than a traditional yeast bread dough. This is how it’s supposed to be.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to 3 days. The dough will not rise much in the fridge and that’s ok.
  3. Pull the dough out the the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for one hour before using. While the dough is resting preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  4. If you have a baking stone, put it in the oven to heat, too. I would recommend using a stone for baking this pizza. If you don’t have a stone you can turn your biggest cookie sheet upside down (so that the flat side is up) or use a rimless sheet. If you are using a stone let the stone heat for 30 minutes. If using a baking sheet, let it heat for 15 minutes.
  5. When the oven is hot, cut your dough in half. Place half of the dough on a piece of parchment paper that is 18 inches long. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough (on top of the parchment paper) into a 12 to 14 inch circle. The dough should be pretty thin (and the thickness of the dough determines the size of pizza in the end). I like mine very thin so I roll it out to about 1/4 inch in thickness. My husband likes a more “bready” pizza so I make one that is about 1/2 inch thick for him. The dough will rise a bit while baking and the very thin does not get crispy. I say try a few thicknesses out and see which you prefer.
  6. Top with 1 cup of pizza sauce, 1/4 cup grate Parmesan, 1 to 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella, and toppings of your choice.
  7. When the pizza is all ready, slide the pizza, which is on the parchment paper, onto a rimless cookie sheet or one that is upside down. This will help you get the pizza to the oven.
  8. Open the oven and slide the pizza which is still on the parchment paper, from the cookie sheet onto the hot baking stone or hot cookie sheet. I just tug on the edge of the parchment paper with my hands and slide it on to the stone. BE CAREFUL! Your oven is set to 500. It’s super hot, obviously! Make sure the babies are out of the way and be careful when sliding the pizza into the oven.
  9. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the top is bubbly and the edges are starting to brown. When the pizza is done, tug the edge of the parchment paper and slide the pizza back onto the cookie sheet you used to transfer it to the oven. Again, be careful!
  10. Let your stone reheat for 10 minutes. While the stone is heating, repeat the whole thing with the second half of the dough and bake the same way.
  11. Enjoy, enjoy enjoy!
  12. I serve it right off of the parchment paper (which gets all dark and cooked looking) or I’ll tear off a new piece and serve it on a crisp white sheet of parchment. Very pretty!


Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce from America’s Test Kitchen: 2 T. olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (extra points if you home can them, which I do every summer!) – In a small sauce pan cook the oil and garlic together over medium heat until the garlic starts to smell good. Add the tomatoes and simmer until it thickens a bit, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. DONE!

  • Category: Dough
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian

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This recipe was inspired by Emily of at One Lovely Life. Her recipe is not whole wheat and uses a food processor to make the dough. It’s really good too!

I feel like this 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe is such a treasure. It’s such a good recipe and something that I make weekly. I hope that you love it as much as I do and try out that new baking method. Your pizza night will never be the same again.

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When you make it in the morning and just let it sit through the day for an evening meal, do you still put it in the fridge until the last hour, or do you let it sit on the counter all day?

Parchment paper is rated to 450 degrees since paper burns at 451. You don’t have any issues with it burning or fire hazards putting the parchment paper in a 500 degree oven? I just want to be sure before I do this.

Hi! Is there anyway this dough can sit in the fridge more than one night? Like if I made it on a Wednesday for a Friday night?

Can you freeze the dough?

Thanks for the recipe. I was so excited for tonight, but the dough never rose even after 2 hours at room temp. Then I did some research and saw that I used active dry yeast instead of instant yeast. I didn’t realize there was a difference (I’m not a baker) . Maybe you could specify in the ingredients “instant yeast” so others won’t make the mistake I did? I will plan on buying the instant kind and tying again soon. Looks like a good recipe though!

I made the same mistake, but didn’t throw the dough away. To my delight, the recipe still turned out fabulous! Thank you so much for this new staple in our weekly menu! Your blog rocks!

Am trying this now and my dough is not wet? Did I do something differently? Followed the measurements..thanks for your help!

Hmm a little bit dryer than normal but I popped it in the fridge and will fiddle with it tomorrow. Thanks!

I made this last night and it was delicious! I had never made homemade pizza before and never had whole wheat pizza. It was just as good as regular pizza. My dad loved it as well!! My whole family wanted the recipe.

Made this and it turned out perfect….except one thing! The parchment paper stuck to the bottom of my crust! Did you spray it before hand? Can I do this without putting the paper in the oven? I was skeptical to begin with but when you said the paper browns a bit I figured you were suppose to. What did I do wrong?

Well I figured it out! Looks like I made the same mistake you did and used waxed paper instead of parchment paper!! No wonder! Thanks so much for your response, I’ll get it right next time!

This was amazing!!! I’m not a yeast-rolling pin-fancy baking type person, but this was super easy, so don’t hesitate to make it even if “fancy” baking scares you! I’m also not a huge fan of thin crust (or whole wheat crust, TBH) but this was absolutely delicious, with a nice chewy crust. Even my husband, who does NOT branch out in his pizza choices (I’m lucky if I can convince him to go to Domino’s instead of Pizza Hut) devoured 4 pieces before mine was even done baking. He said he was “blown away”. Now he wants me to make taco pizza with the same crust next week!

I also brushed the edges of the crust with a garlic-butter sauce and sprinkled italian seasoning on it. Amazing, and the edges still didn’t burn.

Hi i have been making this pizza crust every Saturday to use on Sundays for a few months now!! My husband and sister (who also lives with us) love it!!! Although the
Dough is pretty sticky, just add flour to the area on which youre olling, and to the rolling and flip the dough over a couple of times to coat and you should be fine!! We love thinner crust and I’ve gotten so great at getting the dough thin!! I’m having a pinterest party soon and wanted to make a few different kinds of pizzas. Do you think I could roll out the dough earlier in the day to maybe refrigerate it and then just add ingredients and sauce right before the party starts to avoid some of the mess? Just curious!!

I made the recipe last night to let it sit in the fridge over night. I haven’t taken it out of the fridge to come to room temperature to roll out yet. I want to know how come you don’t proof the yeast in a cup of warm water before adding the mixture to the dry ingredients? Why do you use cold water? Is this so it can sit over night and proof longer? I am curious because I have never made dough using your method except when i just dumped everything into a bread machine. After I followed your instructions where i added the yeast to the dry ingredients and the oil and water last. I was a little nervous because the dough wasn’t coming together, it was actually very dry. I added extra water, and extra olive oil. Then the dough came together. This might have to do with the weather and humidity where I live. I am looking forward to hearing from you and also looking forward to baking this dough! Thank you!

I just tried the pizza and I have mixed reviews. The sauce was a complete success, everyone loved it and will certainly do again. The taste of the dough was also very good. It was the cooking process that I had the most trouble with. I put my stone in the oven at 500 degrees and the stone burned! It was a disaster. I will try again at the traditional 350 degrees, and possibly precook the crust for 5-10 minutes before apply the rest of the toppings.

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.