Vegan Pizza Dough

by Monique

This easy Vegan Pizza Dough is simple to make with only 6 ingredients. You’ll be eating delicious homemade pizza every week!

Two balls of dough on a cutting board with a rolling pin in the background and a stripped towel.

I absolutely love making homemade pizza and this easy Vegan Pizza Dough is my go to recipe. It only requires 6 ingredients to make and gets that perfect crispy texture we all know and love!

I think most people are intimidated to make something like homemade pizza dough. The thing is it’s actually a lot easier than you think and a very family friendly activity. This recipe is simple and uses pantry staples you likely have on hand. So get the entire family involved in the fun, I see Pizza Fridays in your future!

This dough gets crispy, fluffy and perfectly golden brown. Perfection!

Ingredients Notes:

  • All-Purpose Flour – Bread flour would be a great substitution and will give you a crispier crust. I have also used whole wheat flour. This works well but does create a denser crust.
  • Yeast – Make sure to use instant yeast for this recipe as it can be mixed with the dry ingredients and doesn’t need to “proof”.
  • Sugar – This helps to feed the yeast you could use a substitute if needed. Something like agave or coconut sugar would work well.
  • Salt – I like to use a fine sea salt for all of my recipes.
  • Olive Oil – I prefer the flavor of extra virgin olive oil however any neutral tasting oil you have on hand will work.
  • Water – You will want to use warm water about 110 degrees.
Labeled ingredients for dough.

How To Make:

First things first you will want to place the flour, yeast, salt and sugar into the standing mixer with a dough hook. Mix on low speed just to incorporate together.

Dry ingredients in standing mixer with dough hook.

You will then slowly drizzle in your water and olive oil until the dough forms together. Knead for about 8-10 minutes until the dough bounces back when touched.

Dough finished kneading in standing mixer.

Now form your dough into a round ball and place into a bowl greased with olive oil. Make sure the dough is also well greased.

Dough in clear bowl.

Cover it with a towel and leave it in a warm place to rise. I usually put mine on the stovetop. It should double in size within an hour.

Dough in bowl with stripped towel over it.

Once your dough has doubled in size divide it into two equal pieces. Then flour a clean surface well and roll it out with a rolling pin. How thin you roll it will depend on if you want a thicker or thinner crust. I usually roll mine somewhere in the middle. If you want crust make sure to create a lip around the edges.

Bowl filled with dough showing that it doubled in size.

Once your dough is rolled place it on a lightly greased sheet pan or pizza stone and sprinkle with cornmeal. Now add your favorite sauce, toppings and vegan cheese and get cooking! Bake at 500˚F for 10-15 minutes until golden and crispy.

Enjoy!

Overhead, ball of vegan pizza dough on a cutting board with a rolling pin next to it and a stripped towel.

Tips For Sucess:

  • Knead your dough enough. If you do not knead your dough enough it will be sticky and hard to handle. It will easily tear and won’t hold it’s shape well.
  • Allow the dough to rise. It can be tempting to just get to baking your pizza however, allowing the dough to rise is a crucial step. You will want it to double in size. Not allowing your dough to rise could lead to a very dense pizza.
  • Use a rolling pin. A rolling pin will make the dough rolling process much easier. If you do not have one on hand your could also use a roll of plastic wrap. I can tell you from personal experience however, the rolling pin is the much easier option!
  • Use the right yeast. Make sure to use Instant Yeast not Active Yeast. This recipe was created to be simple and and require no yeast proofing. If you only have active yeast on hand you will need to first proof your yeast. Add the sugar to your water and once dissolved add your yeast. Allow this mixture to sit for 10 minutes until it forms a creamy foam on the surface of the water.
Can I Make The Dough Without a Mixer?

Absolutely! You can definitely make pizza dough by hand. Simply add the ingredients as listed into a bowl and mix together. Then you will knead the dough by hand. Onto a floured surface knead your dough for about 10-12 minutes until a smooth ball forms and it springs back when touched.

What Does Adding Oil To Pizza Dough Do?

The oil in this recipe helps the dough to stretch without getting any holes. It also adds a nice flavor. Most pizza dough recipes use some type of Olive Oil. I recommend a rich tasting extra virgin olive oil as I find this yields the best flavor.

Which Flour Is Best For Pizza Dough?

It will depend on what you are going for. All-Purpose flour creates a softer crust while bread flour will create a crispier crust. Many pizza shops actually use a high protein flour called “00 Flour” or “Pizza Flour. It is not generally in stores but can be bought online. If you can get your hands on some this would be the best flour to use. Although All-Purpose or Bread Flour will create a delicious crust as well.

Closer up, ball of vegan pizza dough on a cutting board with another in the background and a stripped towel.

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If you try this recipe make sure to let me know! Leave a comment, rate it and if you take a photo use #feeninforgreens on instagram. I love seeing photos of your recreations!

Two balls of dough on a cutting board with a rolling pin in the background and a stripped towel.

Vegan Pizza Dough

This Easy Vegan Pizza Dough is simple to make with only 6 ingredients. You'll be eating delicious homemade pizza every week with this restaurant style quality recipe!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Entree, Pizza
Cuisine Italian, Vegan
Servings 2 large pizzas

Ingredients
 

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour (plus more for hands and surface)
  • 1-1/4 oz. instant yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cup warm water (110°F)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • sprinkle of cornmeal for dusting (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt into standing mixer with dough hook and combine.
  • While mixer is running slowly add warm water and olive oil.
  • Knead for about 8-10 minutes until the dough bounces back when touched.
  • With your hands form the dough into a smooth round ball.
  • Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil and add dough.
  • Cover and place in a warm dry place to rise for about an hour.
  • You’ll want to see the dough double in size.
  • Place dough onto lightly floured surface and cut into two equal parts.
  • To make pizza take dough and stretch out into desired shape and size.
  • Lightly grease a sheet pan or pizza stone and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • Top dough with desired sauce and toppings.
  • Bake at 500°F oven for 10-15 minutes until dough is crispy and golden.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • If the dough does not double in size then your yeast could be “dead”. Check the expiration date if this happens as your yeast could be expired.
  • You can also kneed the dough by hand if you do not have a standing mixer. You will want to knead it for 10-12 minutes until the dough forms a ball and the dough springs back when you touch it. 

Nutrition

Calories: 948kcalCarbohydrates: 171gProtein: 24gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 971mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gCalcium: 38mgIron: 10mg
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