Vegan Pizza Dough

This easy vegan pizza dough recipe is great if you’re new to homemade pizzas. You’ll love the soft homemade pizza crust that’s crispy in all the right places. Stop searching pizza delivery for vegan pizzas! Because you can make your own homemade crust with only 7 basic ingredients.

A hand holds a piece of pizza, pulling it out from a pan full of more pizza.

Add some vegan pepperoni on top of your favorite plant-based pizzas.

This homemade vegan pizza dough is my go-to favorite for making homemade pizza, which I like to do quite regularly.

Sure, I sometimes buy vegan pie crusts. However, the store-bought crusts are only so-so in my opinion and there’s all that plastic packaging.

My goal is to reduce the amount of single-use plastic wherever we can. Besides, making your own vegan pie crust is not that much work and it tastes so much better!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using both whole wheat and all-purpose flour creates a pizza crust with hints of whole wheat but with the tenderness of all-purpose flour
  • Adding olive oil to the dough enhances both the flavor and the texture. You can also brush the crust with olive oil before adding toppings. This creates a barrier between the crust and toppings, preventing a soggy crust.
  • A dusting of cornmeal on your pizza pan prevents sticking and creates a bit of a crunch to the baked crust

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Yeast — You’ll need 1 standard packet of instant yeast, which measures out to 2 and 1/4 teaspoons. Substitute regular active yeast.
  • Sugar —  We’ll add just one tablespoon of sugar to help get the yeast going. It also helps to tenderize the dough.
  • Flours –  I use a mixture of flours in my pizza. We’ll add some whole wheat flour to the all-purpose flour to add fiber to the crust.
  • Olive Oil — I prefer olive oil for this recipe, but you can substitute vegetable oil, such as canola oil.
  • Salt —  As with any bread, salt is an important ingredient for flavor.
  • Optional Cornmeal — This is a recommended but optional ingredient.

Quick Fix Tip

Knead the dough right in the bowl to save time cleaning up. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and grab the far edge of the dough and turn half of it back toward you. Sprinkle more flour and continue, pressing down on the dough between each turn. Continue this for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky. You should be able to press your thumb lightly into the top of the dough and it will spring back after you release it.

How to Freeze Pizza Dough

After the dough has risen, punch down the dough and divide it into two balls. Wrap the dough balls in plastic wrap and place them in individual freezer ziplock bags.

Place these in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

The day before you’re ready to make your pizza, simply transfer one or both of the frozen pizza dough balls into the fridge. Let that sit 8 hours (or overnight). Then place the dough ball on the counter and let it sit out for 30 minutes to an hour.

Then you’re ready to roll the dough and make pizzas.

Marly’s Tips

The microwave is the best place to let dough rise! Fill a coffee mug with water and heat it in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until it’s very hot. Then add the covered bowl of dough to the microwave, close the door, and let it rise there. It’s a perfect warm, moist environment for rising dough.

Is Store-Bought Pizza Dough Vegan?

It’s true that store-bought pizza dough can save time, but many of them are not vegan (oftentimes they have dairy in the ingredients), it’s hard to find one that tastes great, and there’s the plastic packaging that contributes to single-use plastic waste.

Vegan Pizza and Pasta

If you love this vegan pizza dough recipe, here are some pizza and pasta dishes to try:

When it comes to vegan cheese, we prefer Follow Your Heart mozzarella (paid link), as it melts the best. However, the new version of Daiya mozzarella shreds (paid link) is pretty good, too, it’s just a little harder to find as of this writing.

A pizza has been removed from an oven and the cheese is freshly melted and golden in places.
A hand holds a piece of pizza, pulling it out from a pan full of more pizza.

Vegan Pizza Dough

Follow these instructions for making your own soft pizza crust with crisp edges. This recipe makes two 12–16 inch pizzas. Make them both today or freeze them for later!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 2 pizza crusts
Calories: 855kcal


Easy Vegan Pizza Dough

  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • 2 ½ teaspoons instant yeast 1 packet
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • cup olive oil
  • 4 ½ cups bread flour (substitute all-purpose flour) You can use 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour in this measurement.
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Additional all-purpose flour for kneading and rolling


  • Pour the water into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 15 to 30 seconds. You want the water to be slightly warm, or lukewarm. You should be able to dip your finger in it and not feel much of a difference between the temperature of your finger and the water. That's perfect! Add the yeast and the sugar. Give it a quick stir and set aside for about 5 minutes. After it gets frothy, add the olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, add the flours and salt. Use a whisk to sift and stir the ingredients together.
  • Stir the vinegar and oil to the frothy yeast mixture. Pour this mixture into the flour mix and stir to combine. The mixture should resemble a sticky dough.
  • Use a stand mixer with a bread hook to knead the dough for 5 minutes. Altneratively, you can knead the dough right in the bowl. Sprinkle the top of the dough with a bit of flour (have some on-hand to add as you go) and grab the far edge of the dough and turn half of it back toward you Sprinkle a little bit more flour and continue, pressing down on the dough ball between each turn. Continue this for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky. You should be able to press your thumb lightly into the top of the dough ball and it will spring back after you release it. If so, your dough is ready.
    Two hands reach into a glass bowl, kneading some dough.
  • Temporarily remove the dough ball from the bowl and give it a quick spray with vegetable cooking spray. Place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover with a kitchen towel and place in a slightly warm place for the dough to rise… about an hour.
    Dough has risen in a glass bowl and this photo shows how it now fills up the bowl to the edges.
  • When the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Then use your fist to punch down the dough and divide it into two balls. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough balls into the size required by your pizza pans. Sprinkle cornmeal on the pans and place the rolled-out pizza dough on the pans.
    A ball of dough sits on a marbled countertop.
  • Top the rolled pizza dough with your favorite toppings, like tomato sauce, vegan meats, and vegan cheese.
  • Place the pizzas in your heated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, keeping an eye on them after about 10 minutes to make sure the crust doesn't burn.
    Looking down on an unbaked pizza on a red pizza stone.
  • When the crust is golden brown, remove it from the oven. Allow the pizzas to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

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The nutritional estimate is per crust and this recipe should make two crusts that will be cut into several slices. 
Brush unbaked rolled dough with oil before adding toppings.
You can freeze the pizza dough this way: after the dough rises, punch it down and make two balls. Wrap both balls tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
To thaw frozen pizza dough, transfer the dough ball(s) to the fridge and let them sit for up to 8 hours or overnight. Then place on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour. Then proceed with rolling the dough.
Calories: 855kcal | Carbohydrates: 151g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1183mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 8mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

One Response to Vegan Pizza Dough

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMj Reply

    5 stars
    This pizza dough is easy and delicious and I’ve made this numerous times always with success. Thank you for sharing your great recipe!

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