Growing up we always got to pick the all the meals on our birthday. I ALWAYS picked pizza! I mean, how can you go wrong with pizza? There is so much variety and it’s PIZZA. It is the one food I could literally eat every day and not get sick of it! It always sounds good to me.
Of course, pizza is not known to be the healthiest food around so eating it everyday is (unfortunately!) not an option for me. Instead I tweak my pizza to make it a bit healthier and one of super-yummy and easy ways to make your homemade pizza healthier is using a whole wheat crust.
Whole wheat adds fiber, B vitamins, protein, and antioxidants. I also personally feel like eating whole wheat helps me feel fuller and I like the flavor of whole wheat over white. This homemade whole wheat pizza crust still retains the “fluffiness” of white crust by using whole wheat white flour and giving it plenty of time to rise. I use King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour for my crust and most of my whole wheat baking.
I also use a pizza stone for making my homemade pizza crusts and just a little tidbit, I never preheat my stone, I just pop the pizza crust down on it cold and put it in the oven. I’ve never had a problem with my stone cracking or not baking evenly and I’ve had it for almost 6 years. I got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for something like $20 and unfortunately they don’t carry it anymore, but this pizza stone from Amazon is similar and has great reviews. I greased my stone with about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil before spreading out my pizza crust on it for the first 20 or so uses to “season” the stone, now I just give it a quick, light spray and as you can see it has a beautiful color and patina to it. I just rinse it with water and give it a light scrub with a sponge to get any residue off and then wipe it dry.
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 3-31/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- Pizza sauce
- Pizza toppings
- Dissolve yeast in warm water. Let rest for 1-2 minutes. Add sugar, salt and olive oil and stir. Slowly incorporate flour. (I like to add 2½ cups first, then stir, then add in the rest as needed. 3 cups seems to be my sweet spot.) Stir until a soft dough forms. Lightly knead 6 times. Place covered in a warm place for 1 hour to rise. Spread on greased pizza stone and bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add pizza sauce and toppings. Bake for another 10 minutes. Serve warm!
If you are interested in freezing your pizza crust, it’s totally simple to do! I like to bake my crusts off for 5-10 minutes, just until set, then pull them out of the oven and allow to cool completely. Then wrap in plastic wrap first, then tin foil and freeze. Before cooking I let mine de-thaw a few minutes (10ish) on the counter while I’m pre-heating the oven and prepping my toppings.
Speaking of toppings….I like to top my healthy homemade pizza with turkey pepperoni, green pepper, mushrooms, and onions, sometimes I throw some lean ground beef on it too. I’m kind of a more is more person when it comes to toppings. I also love a good Hawaiian pizza with pineapple, ham, and red onions. And of course, my chicken garlic pesto pizza is always a fun way to change it up!
Pizza night is a great family tradition for us and one I hope you will adopt! Making your own healthy pizza is simple and a fun way to get the whole family involved in making a healthy dinner. Layla loves to help mix up the dough for this crust and put on the toppings!
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What are your favorite pizza toppings? Do you like homemade pizza?