When you are craving pizza but want something that’s a little lighter and more nutritious, this whole wheat veggie pizza is a great option. It’s a delicious and healthy dinner that’s pretty easy to throw together.
Ingredients for Veggie Pizza
Before making this recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Recommended swaps and alternatives are listed below next to each ingredient.
For the whole wheat pizza crust:
- Whole wheat flour: Make sure the flour you get is “whole wheat” not just “wheat”. This will ensure you are getting the whole grain version.
- Yeast: Active dry or instant yeast.
- Honey: You can use white sugar or agave nectar as an alternative.
- Olive oil: Vegetable, canola or avocado oil are fine as well.
- Salt: I use kosher salt.
For the veggie pizza:
- Pizza sauce: You can buy this pre-made (which is what I typically do) or make it homemade.
- Mozzarella: I use shredded mozzarella for this recipe, but you can also buy a ball and slice it for the pizza topping.
- Dried basil: Optional, but adds some extra flavor.
- Dried oregano: Also optional.
- Vegetables: Any vegetables can work but I like using red onion, mushrooms and artichoke.
- Parmesan: Optional, to add some extra flavor.
How to make Veggie Pizza
To make the pizza dough, combine warm water (105-110 degrees Fahrenheit) with honey and yeast. Rest for 5 minutes or until foamy. Add olive oil, salt and flour. Gently mix until mixture is forming a dough, then transfer to a floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let rise for 30-45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Split the dough into two even pieces and place on a floured surface. Form the pieces into balls and roll out into thin crusts.
Transfer the crusts to a greased baking sheet. Layer each crust with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, spices and vegetable toppings. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top if desired. Bake for 15 minutes or until the surface is golden and crispy.
Pizza topping ideas
I love pizza because it’s so versatile and can be easily modified based on your personal preferences. You can stick to a traditional cheese pizza or go crazy with ten different vegetables.
Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian toppings for pizza:
- Bell pepper
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Regular tomatoes
Where to find whole wheat flour
Whole wheat flour can be a bit more difficult to find compared to regular white flour. That being said, it’s still pretty easy to find whole wheat flour in your typical grocery store. Just make sure the flour you purchase lists “whole wheat flour” or “whole grain wheat” as the only ingredient.
If you are unable to find this flour at your local grocery store, you can also purchase it online (affiliate links):
Is pizza good for you?
It depends. While pizza can be a nutritious meal, it can also be high in saturated fat and refined carbohydrates. Neither of these are bad in moderation, but too much of either on a consistent basis can lead to issues down the road.
To make pizza a “healthier” option, you can replace the white pizza dough with whole wheat pizza dough and reduce the amount of cheese on top (or use reduced fat cheese). That being said, a greasy, high calorie slice of za every once in a while is perfectly fine and won’t affect your health negatively (unless you are lactose intolerant of course).
This veggie pizza recipe in particular is a healthy option because it’s high in fiber and micronutrients. The more colorful vegetables you add on top, the better!
What to serve this with
I recommend serving this pizza with a small side salad or a piece of fruit to add more micronutrients and fiber to the meal. This will round out the meal and make it more balanced.
But, it’s also fine to serve this with a side of french fries or chicken wings. Try to aim for most of your meals to be balanced, with a few fun meals throughout the week or month.
How to store the leftovers
If you have leftovers, transfer them to an air tight container or a large sealed plastic storage bag. They should last in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days. When you are ready to eat, transfer the leftovers to a plate and microwave or stick it back in the oven for a few minutes until warmed through. A toaster oven or air fryer work great as well!
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Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza
- 2/3 cup lukewarm water 105-110F
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup white flour
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, part skim
- 2 cups vegetables of choice mushroom, tomato, olives, etc
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano optional
- 1/2 tsp dried basil optional
- 1 tbsp parmesan optional
- To make the pizza dough, combine warm water (105-110 degrees Fahrenheit) with honey and yeast. Rest for 5 minutes or until foamy.
- Add olive oil, salt and flour. Gently mix until mixture is forming a dough, then transfer to a floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let rise for 30 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Split the dough into two even pieces and place on a floured surface. Form the pieces into balls and roll out into thin crusts.
- Transfer the crusts to a greased baking sheet. Layer each crust with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, spices and vegetable toppings. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top if desired.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the surface is golden and crispy.