Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza
Get yourself a healthy doze of veggies with this super easy vegetable whole wheat pizza. Made on a simple whole wheat crust, you can load the pizza with your favorite veggies and cheese.
I have a confession to make.
I’m not so crazy about too. much. cheese.
There. I said it.
Now, I do love cheese – as long as it is subtle and just enhances the dish’s flavor a bit. I don’t like cheese to overpower the dish. What I do love is the taste of roasted vegetables married into a mild cheesy pizza crust. And hence, the vegetable whole wheat pizza recipe.
While I do love the regular white crust pizza made with a regular pizza dough, I’m being the responsible, health-conscious adult here. 😉 I like to convert my favorite fast foods into healthy dishes so that I can eat them whenever I want. And this whole wheat pizza is just a perfect fusion of health and deliciousness.
^ Get up close and personal with the veggies loaded on a simple whole wheat crust.
We all know that a whole-wheat pizza crust is known to be tough, dense, and usually flavorless… which is also why the soft and fluffy white crust pizza is so popular. But this changes now! With careful measurements and substitutions, I have been able to come up with a pizza crust (completely whole wheat) that is not only good, but also measures up to its white pizza crust counterpart!
Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when making a whole-wheat crust –
- Try to get the whole wheat flour which is high in gluten. The package should tell you that. But if you’re like me (we actually get wheat berries and get it ground from a flour mill), then don’t bother
- Vital wheat gluten is a powder that you can add to your bread dough to make it more fluffy. If you can get your hands on this ingredient, you will never again make the white crust pizza .. just because the whole wheat pizza is equally delicious and fluffy (and much more healthy). If you can’t find it in your local stores, you’ll definitely find it online.
- You need to use lesser flour than a regular pizza dough just to avoid the pizza becoming too dense.
- I’ve found that adding a bit of yogurt or sour cream can keep the baked pizza incredibly soft!
Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza – Printable RecipePrint
Sweet roasted veggies on a whole wheat pizza crust!
For the Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
- 2 cups (400 grams) Whole Wheat Flour
- 3/4 teaspoon Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Instant yeast (or active dry yeast)*
- 1 and 1/2 cups (300 mls) Warm Water (105 – 115F degrees)
- 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Yogurt or Sour Cream
- 1 teaspoon Salt
For the topping
- Mixed Veggies (Onions, Tomato, Bell Peppers, Boiled Corn, Baby Corn, Mushrooms, Jalapeno, Eggplant etc.)
- Pizza Sauce
- Oregano and Chilli Flakes
- Mozzarella Cheese (or any cheese that melts)
Quick Pizza Sauce
- 1/5 cup Tomato Ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Butter
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- a pinch of Salt
- If you use active dry yeast, you will have to “proof” the yeast first. In warm water, dissolve the sugar and add yeast. Let it rest for 2-5 minutes until the yeast starts to bubble. Then add the liquid mixture to the flour mix
- You can use raw veggies or even leftover roasted veggies of your choice
- Substitute vegan cheese to make this vegan
For the dough
- Mix together all dry ingredients (flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast)*
- Add yogurt or sour cream, oil, warm water and mix together
- Knead for 10-15 minutes until you have a smooth and elastic dough.
- Place the dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover it with a loose cloth or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot for 45 min – 1 hour or until the dough doubles in volume.
- Use as required.
Quick Pizza Sauce (you can make or buy your own favorite sauce base too)
- Heat the tomato ketchup, butter, black pepper and a pinch of salt in a microwave bowl or the stove. Mix well to blend everything together.
For making the pizza
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 C / 400 F. Grease a baking pan with butter or oil and sprinkle semolina or cornmeal all over.
- Once the dough has doubled, punch it down and cut into 2 or 4 equal parts (depending on how big your baking pan is or how big a pizza you want.
- Roll out each part of dough into a round or square or rectangle pizza. Place the rolled dough onto the baking pan.
- Apply the pizza sauce generously all over the top (leaving about an inch all around)
- Add as many veggies or combination of veggies as you like.
- Garnish with a little salt, oregano and chilli flakes.
- Grate some cheese all over the top. You can grate as much or as little as you want. Do grate a bit at least so that it binds all the toppings together
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for around 20 minutes or until the base is cooked. To tell if the base is done, check if the edges of the base has browned. Also cut into a little bit on the edge to see if it is fully cooked.
- Once done, slice into pieces and serve with your favorite sauce
- You can freeze the pizza slices upto a week in a ziplock bag and reheat before serving.
- Thin crust pizzas are the best when using whole wheat flour. However, if you want a fluffier crust, you can roll out thicker base (around 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick)
- Category: Pizza
- Cuisine: Italian
Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza – Step by Step Recipe
Start off with the whole wheat flour, salt, a pinch of sugar and instant yeast. Mix everything together. (If you only have active dry yeast, you will have to proof the yeast BEFORE adding to the mixture)
Add the yogurt, oil, warm water. Mix together. Knead to a smooth and elastic dough.
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover and let it rise in a warm spot for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until it doubles in volume.
Meanwhile, take a baking pan and grease it well with oil or butter. Sprinkle all over the pan with cornmeal or semolina. This prevents the dough from sticking to the pan. Also, preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F)
Take portions of the dough and roll it out into a square / rectangle / round pizza. This time, I decided to go for a large, thin crust pizza, so I rolled it out to about 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Ideally whole wheat pizzas taste better on a thinner crust, but a medium thick crust works too! Roll out the crust and place it on the baking pan. Then start assembling the pizza,
Add your favorite pizza sauce. For me, it is a quick version consisting of – tomato ketchup, a little butter garlic, pepper and a pinch of salt mixed together. Apply the sauce all over the dough.
Add all the veggies of your choice. It can be raw or even leftover roasted veggies. Grate some mozzarella / parmesan / cheddar all over the top.
Bake in 200C hot oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is fully cooked. You can tell if the crust is cooked by looking on the edges. If it has browned slightly and is fluffy, it is cooked. Slice and serve hot!