Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza

Slice-by-slice, this homemade pizza will disappear before your eyes. Made on a simple whole wheat crust, you can pile it high with your favorite roasted veggies!

Roasted Veggie Whole Wheat Pizza

I’m writing this post with a mug of hot cocoa on my desk, a cozy blanket on my legs, and I’m considering putting on some gloves as I type. It’s 5 degrees F here in Baltimore with a windchill of -10. Eight inches of fresh powder on the ground and not a warm day in sight.

I’m craving warm, carby comfort food like macaroni and cheese with a side of chocolate chip cookies. Leftover homemade roasted veggie pizza will suffice though.

I’m a bonafide pizza-holic, didn’t you know?

How to Make Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s cut right to the chase.

Whole wheat pizza crust is known to be tough, dense, and flavorless. Nothing at all like fluffy, chewy, soft, and crispy white pizza crust that we all know and love.

Today I’m changing that! I spent about 2 weeks testing for a lip-smackin’ whole wheat pizza crust recipe. A little more flour, a little less oil, more yeast, less salt, you know the deal. Yes, we’ve been eating a lot of pizza here lately.

I’m beyond excited to share a whole wheat pizza crust recipe with you today that is not only good, but stacks up to its soft white counterpart. If you’re looking to add some whole grain goodness to your pizza night, this recipe will take you there.

So how can you make it? In an effort to keep this roasted veggie pizza post a little shorter, I put together a little how-to page for you to bookmark. Step-by-step photos to help you get that knock-your-socks-off whole wheat pizza crust.

How to Make Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (that actually tastes good!) - recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The whole wheat pizza crust recipe is quite similar to my regular pizza crust recipe, with just a few changes:

  • Adding more yeast + water, with less flour (to reduce any possible dense texture)
  • Adding a touch of honey. Honey whole wheat pretzel twists are my snack of choice, so if you like them too – you’ll love this crust.
  • Using whole wheat flour.

One thing that is incredibly important for your crust? Use good quality yeast! I always use Red Star Platinum. I have the best results in my crust when I use their platinum line. Though I am being compensated for sponsoring Red Star Yeast, please know that I’ve been an avid user ever since I began to bake with yeast. Their Platinum line is fantastic; its careful formula strengthens your dough and makes making working with yeast simple. I use only enough yeast to get the job done; I don’t like pizza dough to taste “yeasty.” 1 Tablespoon of yeast is what you need for this whole wheat pizza crust.

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

Slice-by-slice, this homemade whole wheat pizza will disappear before your eyes! Top it with roasted veggies and your favorite cheese.

Let’s talk toppings.

The beauty of this roasted veggie pizza is that you have complete control over what goes on it. Do you like roasted zucchini? Add some! Don’t like mushrooms? Leave them out. Have a green pepper to use up? Throw it on top. You get the idea.

When my friend Erin came over the other night, we had a fantastic roasted red pepper + artichoke + mushroom pizza from Trader Joes. And those flavors are exactly what inspired today’s homemade version. I added some roasted eggplant, caramelized onions, cheese, and pizza sauce for good measure. Yup, this pizza has the works!

I roasted the vegetables and caramelized the onions/mushrooms while the pizza dough was rising (step 3 – 5). Multitasking – great way to save time!

It’s important to cook/roast the veggies before putting on the pizza because the actual pizza will only bake for about 15 minutes. And that’s not long enough to really produce that smoky, sweet flavor that oven roasting gives to vegetables.

Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza made with a healthy, homemade whole wheat pizza crust. You will love this recipe!Once the pizza dough has finished rising and resting (as instructed in step 7), roll out into a circle, top with olive oil (to prevent a soggy crust) some pizza sauce, cheese, and the roasted veggies. I simply used mozzarella cheese because that’s what we had.

Feel feel to use gorgonzola, feta, or some creamy goat cheese instead. The world of cheese is your oyster… or something like that. Pile the olive oil-brushed, uncooked pizza crust high with veggies:

Slice-by-slice, this homemade whole wheat pizza will disappear before your eyes! Top it with roasted veggies and your favorite cheese.

Bake then slice your pizza up!

Slice-by-slice, this homemade whole wheat pizza will disappear before your eyes! Top it with roasted veggies and your favorite cheese.

I need to paint my nails.

Honey sweetened, 100% whole wheat pizza crust. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, chewy edges, healthy whole-grain goodness. Not dry, dense, or tough-textured. Truly a foolproof, healthier alternative to regular crust! I’m quite certain this roasted veggie whole wheat pizza will impress pizza aficionados everywhere. Healthy dinner is served!

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Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A simple recipe for roasted vegetable pizza on top of my favorite whole wheat homemade pizza crust. Makes one 12-inch pizza or you can make two pizzas from my entire crust recipe and double the toppings listed below.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe whole wheat pizza crust
  • 1 small eggplant (or 1/2 large), sliced thinly
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • artichoke hearts (I used 1 can, which held about 9)
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms (I used baby portobello), chopped
  • olive oil for roasting veggies
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • 23 Tablespoons (10-15g) grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare the whole wheat pizza dough through step 5.
  2. While the dough is rising, prepare your roasted/caramelized vegetables. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Arrange the eggplant slices, red pepper slices, and artichoke hearts on the baking sheet. Drizzle the veggies lightly with olive oil. Place in the oven and roast until they are browned to your liking, about 20 minutes.
  3. While the veggies are roasting, drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil into a large skillet over low-medium heat. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, to slightly caramelize to your liking. I kept mine on the stove for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove roasted veggies from the oven and caramelized onions/mushrooms from the stove. Set them all aside.
  5. Proceed with step 6 through step 10 of the pizza crust (including preheating oven to 475°F (246°C)). Top the crust with pizza sauce, then the shredded mozzarella, then all of your roasted vegetables. Bake for 15 minutes. I baked mine for 16 minutes. For the last minute, I move the oven rack to the top rack to really brown the edges. That’s optional.
  6. Sprinkle hot pizza with grated parmesan cheese. Slice and serve immediately. Store leftover pizza covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices may be frozen up to 1 month.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Please see homemade whole wheat pizza crust recipe for how to freeze the pizza dough.
  2. Cheese: Use your favorite cheese instead of shredded mozzarella. Goat cheese, feta, gorgonzola, etc. Add more/less to your liking.
  3. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: vegetable whole wheat pizza

82 Comments

  1. Seriously? Sally you are just the best. I can’t tell you how many whole wheat pizza doughs have come out heavy, tough or bland for me. Can’t wait to try this!! Your vegetable to pizza ratio is my ideal 🙂

    1. Yes, clearly I love to pile pizzas high with stuff, especially veggies. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this dough!

  2. Katrina @ WVS says:

    This pizza is filled with a crazy amount of goodness! Yum!

  3. I pretty much only want pizza if it’s loaded with veggies!

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I love this pizza and only love pizza if it’s like a salad, on top of crust 🙂 Loaded with veggies. Mmm, so good, Sally! I also love artichokes and if you arent aware, TJs has frozen artichokes in a bag, no salt, oil, nothing but the chokes and they’re super cheap, like 2.99 for a big bag which at the reg groc store is like 5.99 for half the size. I can go thru a big bag in 2 days 🙂 Love them steamed!

    So fun to see you doing savory! pinned

    1. NICE! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for those at TJs. Thanks Averie!

    2. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} says:

      I recently discovered the frozen artichokes at TJ’s and love them! I try to keep at least a bag or two in my freezer at all times. Never know when an artichoke craving will hit!

  5. Hi Sally! Being from Georgia, any type of “soda” is called a Coke in my language; Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, etc., you get the idea! This pizza looks amazing, yet if keep the toppings to just sauce and cheese. I know, I’m boring! But, I’ve always liked it that way, and it isn’t broken, so I won’t fix it! On a side note, I sent you an email, yet I haven’t heard back.

    1. Hi Olivia. It’s funny how we all refer to soda differently! Yes, I received your email. I’ve been swamped this week with new recipes and cookbook features. I’ll be sure to write back as soon as I can!

  6. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness says:

    I literally (like 10 minutes ago) was thinking that I want to make some homemade pizza this weekend! Hello mind reader Sally! I love roasted vegetables, especially those artichoke hearts, and this looks deeeeevine! I am totally loving that this is whole wheat!

    1. Yeah! You gotta try it Taylor. I think the roasted artichokes made this pizza even better!

  7. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    Whole wheat, roasted veggies… it almost makes pizza feel healthy! I especially love the artichoke heart and caramelized onion combination- I was just thinking about throwing some caramelized onion on my pizza the other day!

  8. Maryea {happy healthy mama} says:

    Roasted vegetable pizza is my fave! This looks outstanding.

    1. Same here, Maryea! And thank you.

  9. Helen @ Scrummy Lane says:

    Looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Definitely bookmarking this for later as I’ve just got into making my own pizzas (loving it!) and would really like to have a go at a wholewheat one. Thank you Sally for the step-by-step instructions!

    1. Yes! I love making pizza at home. Let me know if you try this whole wheat crust Helen!

  10. Hey, Sally! I wanted to let you know that yesterday I baked my very own recipe for peanut butter cookies! It’s the first recipe I’ve ever created by myself and you are one of the bloggers who inspired me to start making my own recipes 🙂 My sister ate them and said she liked them better than the usual ones she has. The recipe isn’t perfect, but I’ll work on it 🙂 Thanks for all you do for us readers!

    1. Hey Michelle! That’s so wonderful – you should be proud! I see many more self-developed recipes in your future now. Enjoy!

  11. Anna (Hidden Ponies) says:

    I absolutely love roasted veggie pizza and whole wheat crusts – this looks perfect in every way!

  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Roasted veggies are my favorite pizza topping and your whole wheat crust looks amazing!

  13. Tieghan Gerard says:

    Veggie pizza is my all time favorite I think. Artichokes are so my thing! Loving the whole wheat crust!

  14. I just ate my lunch and now you’ve made me hungry all over again! The rain is currently pouring down here in true sub-tropical summer style and a slice of pizza would go down really well 🙂 I’ll have to make some this weekend. I am glad to know that I’m not the only one who uses honey in her pizza base 🙂
    Stay warm Sally 🙂

    1. Stay dry, Amy! You gotta try this pizza. The honey MAKES the crust. I’m happy I added it. Enjoy!

  15. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Oh man, I hope you stay warm! I would honestly die in that coldness – it’s 50 at the coldest and I could barely make it.

    Now this pizza – I already had dinner but I’m so tempted to find a late night pizza parlor because you’re killing me here! Love the whole wheat touch too!

    1. Chung-Ah, it’s 10 degrees here at the moment! 50 degrees sounds like a warm, sunny vacation to me right now. 😉

  16. My family would absolutely adore your latest pizza! (Well, minus the mushrooms… We’re all deathly allergic. Go figure!) But those caramelized onions? Seriously my favorite thing ever!

    Speaking of TJ’s pizzas, we always used to keep one of their goat cheese ones in our freezer. 4 thick slabs of creamy goat cheese = best pizza topping ever!

    I hope you’re staying warm! It’s been incredibly warm here on the west coast — close to flip flop weather, and that’s even with my super sensitive toes! — so hopefully we’ll send that little heat wave your way in the next few days. In the meantime, baking cookies to stay warm sounds like a great idea! 😉

    1. I love goat cheese on top of pizza Amy and now I know what to do with the other half of this whole wheat crust I have in the freezer. It’s 10 degrees right now, Amy. You would NOT enjoy it! I am jealous of your warm, breezy flip flop weather!

      1. Come visit!! You’re always invited. 🙂 In the meantime, I’m sending lots of warm thoughts your way. Hope you don’t run out of fuzzy socks anytime soon!

  17. Becca @ Crumbs says:

    I am loving whole-wheat everything at the moment so this is right up my street!

  18. This is right up my alley! Looks delicious! And, funny that you say “I need to paint my nails” because I actually noticed that and thought hum, she must be mid color change. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe and see what nail color you pick next!

  19. Oh my goodness I am soooo excited to make this one. It’s nice to finally have a crust recipe that can hold all the tons of veggies I load on it without falling apart in a soggy mess lol …I am drooling on my keyboard right now! 😛

    1. Yes! This crust is not soggy in the slightest – you have that little olive oil drizzle protecting it from getting that way. I know you’ll love it!

  20. Love homemade pizza and am always looking for a better whole wheat dough recipe. Yours sounds perfect especially with all the roasted veggies! Can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing another awesome recipe Sally:)

  21. YUMMY…simply must try this!!

  22. Karen @ Branching Fig says:

    Yumm! I just had whole wheat pizza for the first time this month, and have already been back for more. Can’t wait to try this recipe and start having whole wheat pizza at home.

    One neat trick for sauce lovers like me, is to spread the sauce to almost the very edge of the pizza crust and sprinkle a dash of cheese, and then fold over the crust edge and pinch it down. That way you get sauce in every single bite. …now I want pizza and it’s only breakfast time!

    1. Karen! I gotta try that sauce trick. The sauce is my favorite part about pizza. Not the cheese or toppings, it’s usually just the sauce!

  23. The taste of roasted vegetables is to DIE for, in my opinion. This is definitely tugging at my heart strings, Sally! It looks so delicious! There’s something really good about roasted eggplant, too. Maybe because it’s almost like a vegetarian “meat”. Nice and hearty! I think my dad would even enjoy this sans meat pizza!

    1. I love roasted eggplants. I bought a few extras so I could roast them all week. So simple, yet so good!

  24. Pizza + champagne = loving it. It’s perfect that your name starts with S because it goes with Sweet and Savory. Because you do both so equally deliciously! 🙂 This looks to die for — so impressed by the crust. And, of course, the photos are beautiful! Definitely pinning this one. PS. The brownies were a HUGE hit. Addictingly so!

    1. I knew that the brownies would be a hit Erin!

  25. This is my kind of pizza. Piled high with veggies. I have not been very successful with making crust. I can never get it rolled out because it just springs back and I end up frustrated and make a small pizza with a thick crust. LOL Maybe I’ll give your recipe a try and see if I can do it.

    I had to laugh when you said you need to polish your nails. I do the same thing. Sometimes I’ve avoided posting a picture because I didn’t like my nails. Yours look great without polish.

    1. Thanks Sylvia. But my nails all broke today. They always break when it’s cold! Sometimes I get frustrated with crust too and end up make a smaller pizza with a thick crust. Still tastes pretty good though!

  26. this pizza is gorgeous. And i rarely use that word for pizzas.

    1. Haha! It makes me laugh. I think it’s a pretty pizza too. 😉 Hope you’re doing well, Mo!

  27. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    This pizza is making me grin ear to ear! Gorgeous!

  28. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    This Pizza looks fantastic Sally! I just LOVEEE whole wheat crust! I think it tastes much ricer and better than regular white flour, or maybe it’s just me..

    1. If the whole wheat crust is done right, it most certainly can taste better than original!

  29. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg says:

    This looks so tasty. And your detailed instructions are the best. Roasted eggplant and artichoke are my faves.

    1. I’m very glad that my instructions are good. Norma, you’ve got to try this!

  30. Johnny @ Cookah says:

    Yummy, that pizza looks delicious! And I love me some caramelized onions.

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