The Best, Lightest, Healthiest Spelt Pizza Dough

The Best, Lightest, Healthiest Pizza Dough Recipe EVER - 3/4 cup warm water 1 Tbsp yeast (I use Saff Instant) 2 Tbl olive oil or butter 2 Tbl applesauce 2 cups white spelt or regular flour (can add up to half as whole wheat) 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp Real Salt

This is a great child-friendly recipe for spelt pizza dough.  The next time you are tempted to order delivery, just whip up this recipe and save some “dough”, eat healthier and finish before the delivery man would have gotten there.  The reason I like it so much is that it doesn’t have added sugar, is never soggy, is light and crisps up really nice.  You also don’t have to let it raise.  The picture above is of my son after he mixed the ingredients and kneaded the crust.   He was so proud of himself.  I’m so grateful that all my children love to help out in the kitchen – especially mixing.  Who needs a Kitchenaid mixer when you have four children fighting over dumping in ingredients and stirring them?

Quick, No-Rise Pizza Dough - works well with spelt or regular flour. Has yeast, baking powder, applesauce & oil. No sugar.


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The Best, Lightest, Healthiest Pizza Dough Recipe EVER (Can be made with spelt or regular flour)
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp yeast (I use Saff Instant)
  • 2 Tbl olive oil or butter
  • 2 Tbl applesauce
  • 2 cups white spelt or regular flour (can add up to half as whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp Real Salt
  1. Let water and yeast sit until yeast is foaming.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Roll out in a large cookie sheet or pizza pan, top with sauce and toppings cook at 400 for 15 min.

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  1. lynn says


    Thanks for sharing your pizza crust recipe. I just need some clarifications:

    What is the purpose of the baking powder if there is already yeast in the dough? What is the difference if any when the pizza dough has not gone through any initial rising or proofing as compared to one that has ? There was no sugar mentioned so will the yeast will be activated without the presence of sugar and is the applesauce supposed to act as a substitute for sugar or honey?

    Thanks and appreciate your comments.

    • Rebecca says

      The baking powder rises quickly so you don’t have to raise it as long. If you do want to let it raise, it makes it lighter. Yes, the applesauce is to substitute both some of the oil and honey. If you want, sometimes I use honey instead of applesauce cause it’s a pain to use just a little applesauce if it’s not already open.

  2. Natalie says

    Just wondering what I could sub the applesauce for? I really want to give this a go today and am trying to avoid an emergency trip to the shops!

  3. Dee Johnson says

    This looks so good, and easy! Thank you for the recipe. My 4 yr old son and I are gluten sensitive, so we are gluten free for the most part. But we have found out that we can tolerate spelt. We love spelt bread. I usually buy it from the store (freezer section, and quite expensive), but have been wanting to start making my own and also want to start experimenting with the organic spelt flour I have. I’m sure my kids will be thrilled when I announce I’m gonna try making homemade pizza (something I’ve never done)! Oh, and I see you use Real Salt as well. My favorite! I even keep a small shaker with me everywhere I go. I think I will have to quadruple the recipe (at least!), as I there are 9 of us (and all of us LOVE pizza, lol)! Thanks!

    • says

      I made this pizza last night. I usually put it on large cookie sheets and either do it thick crust in one and fill the entire pan or thin crust and it mostly fills two cookie sheets – if that gives you an idea of how much it makes. It makes good leftovers too, which is part of the reason I like to make it. You should definitely try the recipe for spelt tortillas that here on my site. I made those for me last night because I don’t eat yeast now so I made the tortillas a little smaller and thicker and use them for a pizza crust for me with extras for my children. It’s a lot easier to make than bread and my children all love them. I do have a quick spelt bread recipe on here too that you can make in about an hour total so that could be a good place to start with spelt flour. I tried to make “real” spelt bread once and my children didn’t like it. They couldn’t get over the fact that it was neither white not brown bread – but they don’t seem to care with the baguettes. Go figure.

      • Dee Johnson says

        Lol. Yes, I know how some kids can be picky. Luckily, right now, only one of my kids are picky (my oldest was the pickiest, but he’s married now). Maybe you could try the spelt flour I use. It is the whole grain, and is organic. I think it is from Arrow head mills. I have only made a few pancake recipes and a cake with it so far. We loved the cake (wacky chocolate cake), but I had to use a recipe for pancakes that actually stated spelt flour. The first batch didn’t turn out well with the substitution of spelt for regular flour. I think it was because it was my first time using it.
        Thanks for the description of the size of the pizza. When we order out we have to get one GF crust pizza from Domino’s (for me and my 4 yr old), and usually get 3 $5 pizza’s from Little Caesar’s. I’m sure my older boys wish we would buy more though. They can put away some pizza! Lol.
        I found a bunch of spelt recipes on Pinterest last night (that’s how I found you). If you would like, you can check out my Pinterest. I have a big gluten free board and am now building a spelt board. I am getting excited about trying some new recipes and also making some old ones using spelt. Thanks for everything!

  4. Caitlan Meador says

    OMG I have to try this! We make ours like this but no yeast or applesauce…and I can not WAIT try this, thank you so much!!!

  5. says

    We made this dough for our pizza and loved it. It really was tasty, light, and healthy. We’ve shared it with other people. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. says

    I made this crust last night and was very impressed! I used Golden spelt flour and topped it with olive oil and veggies and it was delicious! I have made some crusts that don’t cook through in the middle and so I was nervous, but it came out perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    Oh boy, does that look good! I’ll have to try it. :) We have a pretty tried and true recipe, but using spelt never occured to me. I wonder if we have any…….wait. I don’t know if spelt is even gluten free. 😛

    • Rebecca says

      Spelt is an ancient grain and has a little gluten but it is much simpler and easier to digest than regular gluten. Out of the four people who have problems with wheat for various reasons, spelt is the one flour we can all eat with no problems.

    • Dee Johnson says

      I agree with Rebecca. My 4 yr old son and I are gluten sensitive. But we both can tolerate spelt. We love it! I say it’s worth a try.

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