2 Ingredient Magic Dough (and 12 recipes using it!)


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This easy recipe for weight watchers 2 ingredient dough is MAGIC! Made with just self-rising flour and yogurt, it is perfect for pizzas, bagels, desserts, and more! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free.

Ever want to feel like a baker, without all the usual suspects? This versatile and simple 2 ingredient dough is your answer. 

2 ingredient dough

What is 2 ingredient dough?

2 Ingredient dough is what the name suggests- A versatile and healthy dough made with just two ingredients- 

  • Self-rising flour
  • Greek Yogurt

It originated several years ago when the weight watchers diet was extremely popular around the world. Not saying that the diet is no longer popular, but like many things, has involved incorporating other aspects of the food and nutrition world. 

However, the 2 ingredient dough has remained a staple for both weight watchers followers and those who just want a healthy alternative to traditional doughs. 

NOTE: Some recipes call for equal parts flour and yogurt, but through my trials and recipes, I’ve found that this does not yield the best dough possible, so my measurements are different! 

Why choose 2 ingredient dough VS traditional dough?

The beauty of the 2 ingredient dough is that it requires no yeast, no fancy mixers or kitchen gadgets to make. It also requires NO resting time or leavening, making it the perfect foundation for many classic dishes and recipes.

It is most often used for pizza crusts, bagels, and flatbreads, but can also work very well for desserts. 

How long to cook 2 ingredient dough

It depends on the recipe you are making, but generally, 2 ingredient dough takes around 17-20 minutes to cook. 

For recipes that use smaller portions of the dough, for example, the bagels, the cooking time will be less. For recipes like the pizza dough, which uses the entire portion as one, it will take closer to 20 minutes. 

2 ingredient weight watchers dough

Frequently asked questions about 2 ingredient dough

Can I use cassava flour, almond flour or coconut flour instead of self-rising flour

No, you cannot substitute the self-rising flour for almond flour, coconut flour or cassava flour. 

Using another flour will see the dough become extra sticky, and will not cook well at all. It also will take significantly longer to cook, and will lack the appropriate flavor.

Want a keto or low carb pizza dough? Try this low carb pizza crust recipe

Can you use regular yogurt for 2 ingredient dough?

I don’t recommend using regular yogurt, also known as plain yogurt, for the dough. Plain yogurt is simply too thin to form a durable and fluffy dough. The most suitable yogurt is one that is naturally thick and tart, that holds its own against the flour. 

The only yogurts that work well are-

  • Greek Yogurt– Non-fat, full-fat and reduced-fat varieties all work. 
  • Coconut Yogurt– A vegan and dairy-free alternative, plain coconut yogurt is thick enough and has the appropriate texture to mix well into the self-rising flour. Please be wary though, as there as coconut flavored yogurts out there, which are NOT suitable. 

What can I substitute the Yogurt with (that isn’t yogurt!)?

The only suitable substitutions to Greek or Coconut yogurt are the following-

  • Sour Cream- Has the most similar texture to Greek yogurt. You can use lactose-free or standard sour cream.
  • Quark- A European style cottage cheese, quark has an almost identical texture to Greek yogurt and works well. I recommend using the non-fat or low-fat variety, as it mixes better with the flour. 

I don’t have self-rising flour. What do I do?

If you don’t have self-rising (self-raising) flour, you can make your own using this recipe.

Will 2 ingredient dough rise?

Thanks to the self-rising flour used, the 2 ingredient dough will rise beautifully. 

Can you freeze 2 ingredient dough? 

I don’t recommend freezing the 2 ingredient dough, as it does not defrost well. 

While traditional doughs can be frozen, 2 ingredient dough generally comes out dry and crumbly once frozen.

You can prepare the dough for up to 4 hours prior to cooking it. 

How long is 2 ingredient dough good for? 

If you want to prepare your 2 ingredient dough in advance, you must do so no longer than 4 hours before cooking. Anything longer, and you’ll find the dough start to become sticky.

To use a pre-chilled dough (maximum 4 hours), be sure to add a tablespoon or two of flour onto the dough prior to preparing it in your preferred method. 

Can I bake 2 ingredient dough in the air-fryer? 

Yes. All 2-ingredient dough recipes work well in the air-fryer

2 ingredient Greek Yogurt Dough

What to make with 2 ingredient dough 

Here are 12 amazing recipes using 2 ingredient weight watchers dough, including 2 ingredient dough desserts!

2 Ingredient Dough Bagels

2 Ingredient Dough Bagels

Pizza Dough

2 Ingredient Pizza Dough Recipe


2 ingredient flatbreads

Garlic Bread Pizza

yeast free garlic bread pizza

Naan Bread

2 Ingredient Greek Yogurt Dough Naan Bread Recipe

Garlic Knots 

2 ingredient pizza dough garlic knots

Soft Pretzels

2 ingredient dough soft pretzels

Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls without yeast

Cinnamon sugar Soft Pretzels

healthy cinnamon soft pretzels

Pop Tarts

2 ingredient dough pop tarts

Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Blueberry Sweet Rolls

Raspberry Sweet Rolls

raspberry swirl sweet rolls

2 ingredient dough recipe

2 Ingredient Magic Dough

5 from 272 votes
Easy 2 ingredient magic weight watchers dough made with just self-rising flour and yogurt! Easy, versatile and ready in less than 20 minutes!
Servings: 4 Servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 1 minute


  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour gluten-free, if necessary
  • 1 cup Greek or Coconut Yogurt * See notes


  • Sift your self-rising flour if it is clumpy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour with yogurt and mix well. Using your hands, press into the dough and form a ball shape.
  • Use it now for one of the recipes in the post!


* Any kind of Greek Yogurt (non-fat, full-fat or reduced fat) or Coconut Yogurt (vegan and dairy-free).
Click here for recipe with 2 ingredient dough.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 227kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 12gFat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 38g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Armin, This is THE most versatile dough. I have made savory pinwheels, replacing the sweet fruit filling with sun dried tomatoes, garlic, onions and shiitakes, as well as left over crock pot chicken carnitas, jalapeño, cilantro and Chita for Cinco de Mayo, adding a bit of cornmeal to the dough. The bagels, the naan – it always works and it takes flavors great. Thank you!

  2. I have used silken tofu as a substitute for yogurt in different recipes. I think it would probably work here.

  3. I have used silken tofu instead of yogurt for Naan bread and it worked well. I suspect it would work well here too.

    1. 5 stars
      Worked out pretty good as a garlic pizza dough. Will try the pizza or a sweet next time. It’s so simple. I rushed it a bit but it still worked out and even the leftovers from the next day were still tasty. Thank you 😊

  4. Arman, I’m so envious of everyone who’s posted success with your tweaked ratio of flour to yoghurt.

    I’ve attempted it THRICE, but it’s turned out insanely sticky on every occasion.

    Just couldn’t work the dough with my fingers even after increasing the flour by a tablespoon.

    The yoghurt is high fat Greek. The flour is SRF. The ratios are exactly what you say. The room temp is kinda cool so the yoghurt doesn’t warm.

    Please advise. What could be going wrong?

    1. sounds like the brand of flour is not of good quality… the Greek yogurt shouldn’t make much of a difference at all.

  5. Forgot to mention – I scaled down the ingredients by 75% to test a small batch. Could that be the reason it got so sticky? Scaling down proportionately across ingredients (25% of each) won’t work the same way?

  6. I’m curious about where 1 3/4 C of flour came from? Even the WW website says 1C self-rising flour to 1 C Greek yogurt. That’s what I always use and it turns out perfectly. It seems that 1 3/4 would be extremely dry. Not a criticism, just curious!
    Thanks for sharing all you recipes!
    I’m wondering, in pinch, if flavored Greek yogurt would work. I want to give it try just to see what happens.
    Happy baking!

  7. 5 stars
    Love the 2 ingredient dough! So easy and quick.
    I do have a question, I do not want to waste flour experimenting. Would non fat Greek yogurt work if flavored? Accidentally purchased vanilla flavor. Will eat the yogurt..love it. But am just curious. Seems might be good in rolls or sweeter items.

  8. Can I use regular cottage cheese for the yogurt? Should I drain? I’ve put in freezer and it’s like ricotta ( smooth). Thanks

  9. Hello there,I was wondering if you had a healthier option for your 2ingredient dough since I’m trying to avoid so many carbs.I wrote to you some days ago wth another question but didn’t get reply.

  10. 5 stars
    Love this easy dough. Used it as naan filled with flavored ground meat with added cilantro. A great snack with a yummy filling