This protein pizza recipe has a dough made with protein flour and protein yogurt, which packs in over 20 grams of protein alone! Easy to make and tastes like any good pizza out there!
Since starting a weight lifting diet, protein has been my key nutrient.
Because of this, I’ve been intentionally adding protein in all of my meals.
We love adding protein to some of our daily staples. We’ve done it with our morning bagels and our evening pasta. I recently tried the Quest protein pizza and while it was tasty, it was SUPER expensive. It also was such a tiny portion that I needed to make my own!
Why this protein pizza recipe will be a dinnertime favorite-
- No yeast needed. I adapted my original magic dough recipe, which doesn’t require any yeast and needs just two key ingredients.
- Over 20 grams of protein in the dough alone. By using high protein flour and Greek yogurt (super high in protein!), you already start with 20 grams of protein BEFORE adding any of the toppings.
- Ready in 20 minutes. Ever made pizza from scratch? It’s delicious, but also incredibly time consuming! This recipe takes 20 minutes from prep to plate.
What I love about this recipe is that the dough actually tastes like real pizza dough which creates the most perfect pizza pie. There is no powdery aftertaste or thin tortilla-style crusts (I love myself a good low carb tortilla but it does NOT make a good pizza crust) and you can easily add tons of toppings!
How to make a protein pizza?
- High protein self rising flour– A little different to traditional self rising flour, the high protein kind can be found at grocery stores and each serving adds an extra 12 grams of protein per serving. If you can’t find any protein flour, simply use traditional self rising flour.
- Greek yogurt– Non-fat Greek yogurt packs in over 21 grams of protein per one cup.
- Salt– Just a pinch to add some flavor.
- Italian seasonings– Like the salt, the Italian seasonings add some lovely pizza flavors to the dough (without actually needing to use the spices!).
- Toppings of choice– Low fat cheese, turkey pepperoni, and vegetables are all high protein topping ideas. Don’t forget the pizza sauce, too!
Start by adding the flour, yogurt, salt, and Italian seasonings into a mixing bowl and mixing togehter until a smooth dough remains. If the dough is too sticky, add a little extra flour. If the dough is too thick, add a touch more yogurt.
Next, lightly flour a flat surface and transfer the dough on top. Using your hands, gently knead the dough several times, before rolling it out into a pizza shape.
Now, transfer the pizza dough onto a pizza tray or stone. Brush the crust with some olive oil, then spread some tomato sauce (pizza sauce) on top, followed by your favorite toppings. Bake the pizza in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown. Remove the pizza from the oven, slice it up, and enjoy immediately.
More ways to add protein to this pizza
- Meat and poultry– Deli meat, grilled chicken, meatballs, and lean bacon.
- Cottage cheese– A half cup of cottage cheese packs in over 20 grams of protein and very little fat. Spread a layer on the base of crust for an even creamier texture.
- Ricotta cheese– Similar to cottage cheese, light or low fat ricotta has 12 grams of protein per half cup. Dollop spoonfuls on top just before baking.
- Plant based protein– sliced tofu, tempeh, and vegan sausages.
- Nutritional yeast– A vegan alternative to parmesan cheese, sprinkle a tablespoon or two over the top of the pizza for an extra 8 grams of protein.
Storing, freezing, and reheating instructions
- To store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days.
- To freeze: Place the leftover slices in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to six months.
- Reheating: Either microwave the pizza for 30-40 seconds or reheat in a preheated oven.
More high protein recipes to try
Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional pizza dough does not contain a significant amount of protein, usually 2-3 grams per dough. However, this dough has over 20 grams of protein in it, thanks to the flour and yogurt combination.
The Quest pizza range is high in protein, and most commercial pizzas contain protein in their toppings, especially if meat or extra cheeses are used.
Protein flour is self-rising flour or all purpose flour that is enriched with protein (usually 25-30% more).
A typical slice of pizza would have around 8 grams of protein per slice. This protein pizza recipe yields at least 17 grams of protein per slice.
Protein Pizza (Over 30 grams!)
For the protein pizza dough
For the toppings
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup pepperoni low fat ** See notes
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese low fat ** See notes
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line a large baking sheet or pizza tray with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, add the protein flour, Greek yogurt, salt, and Italian seasonings and mix well. If the dough is too thick, add more yogurt. If the dough is too thin, add more flour. Using your hands, shape the dough into a smooth ball.
- Transfer the ball of dough onto a floured surface. Roll out the dough into a large pizza. Transfer the pizza dough onto the lined sheet. Brush the edge of the crust with olive oil.
- Spread sauce over the pizza, followed by the cheese, pepperoni, and any other toppings. Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden, and the cheese has melted.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and slice into eight slices.
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