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Easy Vegan Pizza Dough

This easy vegan pizza dough recipe is not just for making pizza! It can be used for making garlic knots, cinnamon buns, and so much more!

It’s more of a universal vegan dough than just pizza dough. Use it in whatever way you see fit!

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Vegan pizza dough after it has risen.

Vegan Pizza Dough Ingredients

Pizza dough ingredients on a marble countertop.

Yeast: This recipe uses instant yeast and WILL NOT work without it!I like to use instant yeast in recipes where proofing is necessary (and ‘active dry’ when yeast is added directly in with dry ingredients).

Sugar: Be sure the sugar you use is vegan. I usually use white sugar for this recipe, sometimes brown sugar, really just whichever sugar I have on hand. I don’t think raw sugar would work because it’s a bit more course, then again, I haven’t tried.

Water: You need WARM water for this recipe (around 105℉ ish), or in other words ‘luke warm’, not too hot or the yeast will ‘die’ and your dough won’t rise, and not too cool, or your dough won’t rise. It needs to be just right, like bath water temperature. You could also use non-dairy milk if you prefer.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is used to help the dough be malleable. If using this dough for a sweet treat, feel free to use another neutral oil, like vegetable oil. I have not been able to make this dough work & taste good without oil, at least not yet.

Salt: Salt adds to the flavor of the dough, it can be omitted.

Flour: All purpose flour works best, and has been the only flour I have personally tested with this dough.

Add-ins: If using this dough for pizza or garlic knots, feel free to add in Italian seasoning, garlic powder, or other seasonings of choice. 

If using this dough for cinnamon buns or other sweet treats, feel free to add in cinnamon or other warm spices that are similar.

How to Make Pizza Dough

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Step one: Mix together the yeast, sugar, and water and let sit for 5 minutes, or until it foams.

Step two: Add in the flour, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt- mix well

Step  three: Add more flour or oil as needed.

Step four: Knead dough for 5 or more minutes by hand or with a dough hook on your stand mixer.  Your dough should still be soft and should seem like it bounces back after you press into it. Now you can either make your pizza without rising the dough (which is what I usually do, because when we want pizza, we want it NOW, not in a couple hours), or…

Step five: Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 1 hour to rise.

4 image collage for the process of making pizza dough from proofing the dough through right before the dough being set to rise.

Step six: Continue making the food you needed the dough for.

Such as: 

Expert Tips for Making the Best Vegan Pizza Dough

  • Warm water. If the yeast doesn’t proof (foam up) then your water may have been too hot or your yeast may be no good. Try again with fresh yeast and make sure your water is luke warm (under 105℉). Discard the mixture that does not proof.
  • To rise or not to rise. I have used this dough for pizza and garlic knots with and without letting it sit for an hour and rise, both methods work well. I prefer to use it without rising for pizza, this gives it a bit of a thinner crust. For garlic knots, it’s better to let the dough rise.
Vegan pizza dough after it has risen.

How to Use this Egg-Free Pizza Dough

Use this dough to make homemade pizza, garlic knots, cinnamon buns, and more!

How to Store Pizza Dough

This dough is best used the day it is made.

Use the storing directions from the recipe that calls for the dough.

Pizza Dough Questions

  1. What is vegan pizza dough made of?
    1. Vegan pizza dough is made of flour, oil, yeast, a small amount of sugar and water. Depending on what it will be used for you could add other seasonings or ingredients to it.
  2. Can vegans eat regular pizza dough?
    1. Usually pizza dough isn’t an issue for vegans, as most don’t contain animal products. But, some pizzas you buy out, whether at a pizza shop or at a grocery store, may contain animal products such as eggs or dairy, so be sure to ask or read the ingredient list to be sure.
  3. What makes pizza dough not vegan?
    1. If a pizza dough contains eggs or dairy, that would make it not vegan. This isn’t usually a concern, but can be.
  4. Is vegan pizza more healthy?
    1. Absolutely! With vegan pizza you don’t have to worry about cholesterol added to your food intake and may or may not have to worry about saturated fat (this will depend on the type of vegan cheese you add and whether or not it has saturated fat in it – all dairy cheese does contain a lot of saturated fat).
  5. Does vegan pizza taste like pizza?
    1. Again, this will depend on the type of vegan cheese you use. The shredded vegan cheese does taste a little off. But, I’ve heard great things about Miyoko’s liquid cheese for pizza.

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Vegan pizza dough after it has risen.

Vegan Pizza Dough

Shawna Clapper
This vegan pizza dough can be used for more than just pizza! It’s super simple to make and will make your home smell amazing with the rising dough – or don’t let it rise before baking it, up to you!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Rise 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pizza dough

Equipment

  • Stand mixer
  • large bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 packet yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ½ – 3 cups flour

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the yeast, sugar, and water and let sit for 5 minutes, or until it foams.
  • Add in the flour, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt- mix well
  • Add more flour or oil as needed.
  • Knead dough for 5 or more minutes by hand or with a dough hook on your stand mixer. Your dough should still be soft and should seem like it bounces back after you press into it. Now you can either make your pizza without rising the dough (which is what I usually do, because when we want pizza, we want it NOW, not in a couple hours), or…
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 1 hour to rise.
  • Continue making the food you needed the dough for.

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Notes

This dough is best used the same day it’s made.
Keyword bread, dough, pizza
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