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You only need three ingredients for this low-calorie pizza base. It’s high in protein, low in calories, and tastes just like regular pizza dough! It doesn’t get more delicious than homemade dough, and it’s easy enough for kids to help make it too.
Don’t be fooled by this low calorie pizza dough! Just because it’s made with healthy ingredients like Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. In fact, it tastes just like a traditional pizza crust but it’s far less fussy to make. Regular pizza crust is made with yeast and therefore the dough needs to rise before rolling out. This can take up to two hours which can be challenging on a busy weeknight.
This really is the easiest low calorie pizza base I’ve tried and it only takes 8 minutes to make. You can’t even drive to the store and buy a pre-made crust in that time. It’s a simple and great recipe if you like to get your kids in the kitchen. They can help measure the ingredients, mix the dough, and roll it out. My kids’ favorite part is to spread out the pizza sauce and add their favorite toppings.
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This 2-ingredient pizza dough is also referred to as weight watchers pizza dough because the entire crust recipe only has 12 smart points. If you cut it into six slices, each slice has only 91 calories! I love to add pizza sauce and veggies to this low calorie pizza crust recipe. This keeps the calorie count low and adds plenty of healthy nutrients. While this isn’t a keto pizza crust, it has less flour which means it contains less carbs per slice. A cauliflower pizza crust recipe may be a better option for a keto diet or a strict low-carb diet.
If you’re looking for healthy recipes for the new year, you have to try this tasty pizza crust!
👩🍳 Why This Recipe Works
- High protein dough – it has 24 grams of protein!
- Made with healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt.
- Vegan and dairy-free option
- Only 12 WW points for the entire low fat pizza dough
- Tastes delicious!
- No rising time necessary
- You don’t need a stand mixer, bread machine, or a dough hook – just a bowl and a rolling pin!
- Best low calorie pizza crust ever!
You only need two ingredients for this low cal pizza dough, not including salt. You may already have them on hand or they can easily be found at most grocery stores! They can easily be customized to fit your dietary preferences. For detailed ingredients and nutrition information, see the recipe card below.
Whole wheat self rising flour: Self-rising flour is flour that’s combined with baking powder and salt. For this recipe, I use whole wheat flour since it’s more nutrient-dense and is higher in fiber. You can also use white self-rising flour. Since this recipe is made without yeast, bread flour isn’t necessary.
Low fat plain greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is what packs this low calorie pizza base recipe full of protein! It’s also the moisture that brings both ingredients together into a dough ball. You can also use nonfat greek yogurt to cut the calories and fat even further.
Salt: Salt is essential to any crust or bread recipe! It won’t make it salty, but rather brings out the flavor. Don’t skip the salt.
This low calorie pizza dough recipe is easy to make and customizable. Here are some simple variations and topping ideas!
Vegan: To make this recipe vegan and dairy-free, use coconut yogurt in place of Greek yogurt.
Gluten-free: Use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend to make this recipe gluten-free. Be sure to use a blend that contains xanthan gum for best results. Note: I have not tested this recipe with almond flour or coconut flour.
Pizza toppings: The opportunities are endless! Spread the crust with a light layer of tomato sauce then add your favorite pizza toppings. Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, ground beef, pepperoni, sliced bell pepper, mushrooms, black olives, fresh basil, onion, spinach, italian seasoning, and roasted red peppers are great options.
Veggie pizza: Spread tomato sauce on the crust then top with shredded mozzarella, canned diced artichokes, red onion, red bell pepper, olives, and fresh basil.
Make the dough: Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix to form the dough. If the dough feels too dry, add 1/2 a tablespoon of water.
Knead the pizza dough: Place the dough onto a lightly floured and clean surface and knead to bring the mixture together.
Let it rest: Let the pizza dough rest on your work surface for 5 minutes before using.
Roll it out: Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 10-inch round. This is meant to be more of a thin-crust pizza.
Top & Bake: Top with sauce and your favorite toppings then bake in a hot oven on a baking sheet or pizza stone covered with parchment paper. To bake, once you have added toppings straight onto the uncooked, rolled out pizza base, bake the pizza in the oven at 390-400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. If you want a crunchier crust, pre-bake the dough for 5-10 minutes at 390-400 degrees F for 10 minutes, then add the toppings and bake for an additional 8-15 minutes until all of the ingredients have cooked through. Serve this healthy homemade pizza warm!
❓ Recipe FAQs
If you don’t want to use it immediately, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to wrap it in plastic wrap first and let it come to room temperature before using.
Yes, but it’s best to roll it out first. An easy way to do this is to roll out the dough and then place the dough onto a lined sheet pan. Place the sheet pan into the freezer for 45 minutes. Once the dough is frozen, wrap the frozen crust in plastic wrap and place it back in the freezer. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To defrost and use: you can thaw it in the fridge overnight, and then top with your favorite toppings and bake in the oven when you’re ready to serve it!
You can use pesto, ranch, barbecue sauce, olive oil, italian dressing, alfredo sauce, or olive tapenade in place of tomato sauce.
Depending on the brand of Greek yogurt you use, it may have a higher water content and could cause your dough to be too wet. If that’s the case, just add a little bit more flour until it comes together.
The short answer is it depends. The upside of homemade dough is you get to choose the ingredients on a homemade pizza, plus there aren’t any additives or preservatives. But if you make traditional pizza dough and load it up with cheese, it’s not really that much healthier than a restaurant style pizza.
This healthy pizza crust on the other hand is great for you! Top with whole foods like veggies and healthy protein for a healthy and low calorie meal.
💭 Expert Tips
- If the dough is too dry, add a little bit more water. Just a little bit since you don’t want too much moisture or a very wet dough.
- Add a pinch of garlic powder or to this low calorie pizza base for even more flavor.
- For a low fat pizza, use low fat cheese or leave it off.
- You can use a pizza stone to bake the crust.
- For a crispy pizza crust, you can bake the crust first for 10 minutes then add toppings. Bake an additional 8 to 15 minutes or until all the toppings are melted and the crust is golden brown.
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📋 Recipe Card
Low Calorie Pizza Base
- 1 cup whole wheat self rising flour
- ½ cup low fat plain greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and mix to form a dough. Add ½ a tbsp of water to the mixture if a little dry.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured work space, counter, or cutting board and gently knead to bring the mixture together.
- Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes before using.
- Roll dough on a lightly floured surface. Dough can be rolled into a 10 inch round and topped with your favorite pizza toppings before baking in the oven.
- To bake, once you have added toppings straight onto the uncooked, rolled out pizza base, bake the pizza in the oven at 390-400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. If you want a crunchier crust, pre-bake the dough for 5-10 minutes at 390-400 degrees F for 10 minutes, then add the toppings and bake for an additional 8-15 minutes until all of the ingredients have cooked through.
- Use coconut yogurt to make it vegan friendly.
- Do not over knead the mixture otherwise the dough will become tough and chewy.
- Use gluten free 1:1 baking flour to create a gluten free pizza base.
- Add small amounts of water at a time to bring the dough together if you find the dough is a little dry. Dough should be a little sticky but not really wet.
- Bake the crust longer if you want it to be more crispy. If you are adding a lot of veggies as toppings, you may want to pre-bake the dough for about 10 minutes first, then top with toppings and bake again for 8-15 minutes or until the crust is cooked through.