The Best Protein Pizza

Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition

Sick of protein shakes? Protein pizza is also a great way to boost your protein intake. Jump to the recipe.

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Why make protein pizza?

How to make protein pizza crust.

Why drink wholesome? 

Jump to the recipe.

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Why make protein pizza?

Protein helps to build and repair muscle tissue, supports a healthy immune system, and is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. If you are able, you should eat protein with every bite. Unfortunately, however, not all foods are high in protein. One such food is pizza, a universally loved dish enjoyed by millions of people every day. Pizza tends to be carbohydrate heavy, or at least it was until this recipe came around. Thanks to unflavored protein powder, you can now give your pizza a protein boost. 

Protein pizza is loaded with high protein ingredients that will leave you feeling full and energized. In this case, the secret is not in the sauce, but in the dough. By adding protein powder to your pizza dough, you can turn “empty calories” into protein bites. In other words, adding protein powder to your pizza dough is a simple and effective way to increase the protein content of your favorite food. 

One of the biggest benefits of incorporating protein powder into your pizza dough is that it helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. Protein is the slowest-digesting nutrient, so eating lots of it is beneficial for those who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight, as it helps to prevent overeating and snacking between meals.

The right protein powder can also improve the texture and consistency of the crust. Protein helps to strengthen the gluten structure in dough, resulting in a crispier, crunchier crust that can support your favorite high protein toppings. The extra protein also helps to retain the moisture in the dough, preventing it from drying out and becoming tough and chewy.

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How to make protein pizza crust.

Making protein powder pizza is easy. All you need to do is add protein powder to your dough, and a few high protein toppings to your pie. Making protein powder pizza crust requires no cooking skills and or fancy equipment, and can be whipped up in no time at all. Plus, you probably already have all of the ingredients you need at home. It follows that if you are anything like me, you will be making this recipe once a week. Depending on the type of protein powder you use, you may have to adjust ratios, but once you have found the right protein powder, this recipe is foolproof. 

Why drink wholesome?

This recipe was made with drink wholesome – the only protein powder made with 100% real foods. Given its simple ingredient list, it makes delicious pizza. Most protein powders, on the other hand, are not good for pizza because they are made with protein isolates. Isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. It follows that protein isolates taste like chalk and turn fluffy pizza crusts into hockey pucks. Avoid them at all costs. 

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The Best Protein Pizza


-1 ⅓ cups warm water

-2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast

-1 tablespoon granulated sugar

-3 tablespoons olive oil

-1 teaspoon salt

-3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

-1 cup drink wholesome unflavored protein powder


Whisk the warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar together in the bowl of your stand mixer. Then cover the bowl and leave it for 5 minutes. If you do not have a stand mixer, simply use a large mixing bowl and mix the dough with a wooden spoon. After 5 minutes, add the olive oil, salt, flour, and protein powder, and mix everything on a low speed for 2 minutes. Next, place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and knead it for 5 minutes with lightly floured hands. After 5 minutes, poke the dough with your finger – if it slowly bounces back, your dough is ready to rise. Place it in a large bowl, and coat it in olive oil. Then cover the bowl, and leave it at room temperature for 90 minutes.

While the dough rises, preheat your oven to 475°F. If you are using a pizza stone, place it in the oven at this time. Next, lightly grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil and sprinkle it with cornmeal. When the dough has doubled in size, shape it, and cut it in half (this recipe makes 2 pizzas). On a lightly floured surface, gently flatten one of the pieces of dough into a disc. Place the disc onto the prepared pan, stretch it into a 12-inch circle, about 1/2-inch thick. At this point, your pizza dough is ready to bake. I like to add high protein toppings like cheese and chicken to my pizza, but you can add whatever toppings you like. When your pizza is ready, bake it for 13-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.



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How much protein powder should I add to my pizza dough?

The amount of protein powder you should add to your pizza dough depends on your recipe, and the type of protein powder you are using. As a rule of thumb, you should use 1/¼ cup of protein powder for every 2 cups of flour in the dough. For the best results, follow the recipe on this page and use our unflavored protein powder.

Does using protein powder affect the flavor of the pizza crust?

You should only use unflavored protein powder when making protein pizza. Flavored protein powders will ruin your savory pizza. You should also use protein powder sparingly. Adding too much protein powder to your dough will make it chalky.  

Is it possible to make gluten-free protein pizza dough?

Yes, it is possible to make a gluten-free protein pizza crust if you use gluten-free flour. Keep in mind that gluten-free pizza crusts have a tendency to crumble. One way to combat this is to add a little extra fat (oil) to your dough.