Sugar Free Pizza Dough Recipe

Make this No Sugar Pizza Dough Recipe in 5 minutes with a short rise for a thin pizza crust, or leave it all day to rise for a deeper fluffy pizza base

Sugar Free Pizza Dough Recipe

When I first had to cut out added sugar due to health reasons, we quickly realised that every takeaway and supermarket pizza contained refined sugar in both crust and sauce. So is there sugar in pizza dough? More often than not, it seems there is. You'll find when you look for pizza dough recipes many claim that sugar is needed to make the dough rise.

Can you make dough without sugar? Yes! Do you need sugar in pizza dough? No! The sugar isn't necessary; we just need a little time, and a little heat - even with no sugar, it will still rise perfectly well!

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So I tried some popular recipes, and came up with this variation of no sugar pizza dough. It's only 4 ingredients plus warm water to help set off the yeast. The water needs to be hand hot, not too hot to touch but warmer than luke warm. It's easier if you use a knife to stir in the water.

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Knead for just 5 minutes, you'll see the dough become smooth. You should only need a very light dusting of flour, and the dough should knead quite easily. Leave it in the bowl covered by a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm place for around 30 minutes to 1 hour for a thin and crispy base, or longer for a softer and deeper base.

Sometimes I've made it in the morning and left it all day to come home to a really lovely fluffy dough.

Sugar Free Pizza Dough Recipe

Roll or stretch out to fit your tray, place onto baking paper or lightly greased tray and prick little dents all over with a fork, taking care not to go all the way through or your sauce will leak!

Sugar Free Pizza Dough Recipe - pizza dough recipe no sugar

Spread generously with the sugar free pizza sauce you might have made earlier!

Sugar Free Pizza Dough Recipe

You can use any of your favourite toppings, this time we just wanted tomato and cheese, a classic Margarita. Whatever topping you use, make sure it's not layered up too deep in the middle so your no sugar pizza base will cook evenly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven. It's ready when the pizza crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbling.

What can you do with extra leftover pizza dough?

1. Make mini pizzas!

2. This pizza dough recipe will freeze well. Roll out, prick with a fork and freeze flat on a non-stick baking sheet or baking paper, then wrap in a ziplock bag. When you want to use, add toppings while frozen and bake a little longer until the base is cooked.

3. Make garlic bread! Mix together melted butter, crushed garlic and finely chopped parsley, brush over the surface, optionally sprinkle with grated cheese and bake until golden and fragrant.

4. Bake, slice and use as flatbreads drizzled with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and hummus.

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Sugar Free Pizza Base Recipe

Recipe Category: Bread, Main Meal

Recipe Cuisine: Italian

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Servings: 6

Calories: 155

Rating: 4.8 from 20 votes


  • 200g Plain Flour - plus extra for rolling
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 100ml Warm Water
  • Salt


  • Combine the plain flour, dried yeast and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the olive oil, and warm, hand-hot water, stir with a knife until it forms a light dough
  • Knead on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes
  • Leave in a warm place until risen and doubled in size
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius (390F or gas mark 7)
  • Place on a floured sheet of baking paper, then stretch and roll into the desired shape, prick the surface of the dough all over with a fork
  • Spread a generous, even layer of our sugar free pizza sauce and add a topping of your choice
  • Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 15-20 minutes

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Comments (3)

M ni laoi:

26th of September 2023

Thanks. So hard to find sugar free dough recipes anymore. I’m doubling up this recipe to day, my pizza pan is huge. Family loved this crust

Sue Utley:

22nd of April 2023

I love pizza

Jessica Whitmire:

24th of January 2021

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