Pizza is a favorite for most families, but it sometimes becomes a burden to our wallets and its not always great for our health. Well, here is a pizza recipe for healthy, homemade whole grain pizza that will be good to both your family, and your budget.
Homemade Whole Grain Pizza Notes
My favorite thing about this recipe is that you can make it as healthy, or as party style, as you want. Make it with a crust entirely whole grain wheat, or one with just plain all purpose flour.
Top it with loads of veggies or with extra cheese.
I generally use half whole grain, and half all purpose flour.
This recipe is for two 9 inch pizzas, so you can make one with whatever toppings you want, and one with just cheese.
You can also get creative and let each person make their own small pizzas. Just keep a close eye on the smaller ones while they bake: they may need less time.
Why make pizza from scratch when you can buy ready made?
Pizza crust and sauce are both easy to buy ready made, but making your own at home is actually much cheaper. The crust only needs a few ingredients, and usually ends up much fluffier and more fresh then ready made dough.
The sauce you can buy has seasonings you probably already have in your cabinet, and more than likely a lot of added sugar. I usually let the yeast rise for the crust, then quickly make the sauce during that time.
I make the sauce from tomato paste: it’s cheap, it will make enough for two pizzas, and it is delicious! Much more likely to taste like pizza from your favorite pizza place, than something you got from a jar.
When the sauce is done your crust is ready for the rest of its ingredients, and mixing.
There is magic in working that dough for at least 5 minutes. Don’t skip it! Roll out your dough, (my little daughter loves to “help” with this step), shape it, and roll up the edges for a nice crust.
Let it sit for about 10 minutes while you cut up your pizza toppings, then combine your crusts, sauce and toppings, bake it, and you have impressive home made pizza that your family, and party guests, will love and come back for many times.
Whole Grain Pizza From Scratch
- 1.5 cup lukewarm water
- 2 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar (or honey)
- 4/.25 cups flour I prefer half whole grain wheat and half all purpose
- 1 tsp salt
- pinch italian herbs optional
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp pizza seasoning or Italian seasonings if that's what you have
- 1 tsp sugar optional
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine lukewarm water, yeast and sugar into a medium/large mixing bowl. Let the yeast proof or rise in the water. (takes about 10 minutes).
Add half the flour and knead it with a bread mixer or stir it by hand for 5 minutes.
Add salt and gradually add the rest of the flour until the sides of the bowl are clean. Divide the dough into two halves.
Roll the dough on a floured surface then make a nice rolled edge.
Spray cookie sheet or pizza pan. Lay the crust dough onto the pan and let it rise for about 10-15 minutes.
Mix together all the ingredients.
Spread sauce on the pizza crust, add toppings, then 1-2 cups of mozzarella depending on how cheesy you want it.
Bake on the top rack for about 15 minutes. If doing smaller pizzas it will take less time so keep an eye on it.
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