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Copycat Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Recipe

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Upgrade your pizza night with this healthier, budget-friendly copycat Trader Joe’s dough recipe! This homemade pizza dough is refined sugar free, uses basic pantry staples, and freezes well for future use. Enjoy the soft and flavorful crust you love, made without the additives found in Trader Joe’s pizza dough ingredients.  This plant-based pizza dough has a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside crust for the best pizza ever!

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Copycat Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Recipe

When I weighed nearly 300 lbs, I ate a lot of pizza. I mean a lot! I loved pizza. I still love pizza and enjoy eating it, but now that I know better, I make my own pizza crust.  It allows me to control the amount of sodium, fat, and calories. Plus, I love that I’m not ingesting all of the preservatives and chemicals found in store-bought pizza dough like Trader Joe’s pizza dough ingredients.

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What is in Trader Joe’s pizza dough ingredients?

TJ’s pizza dough has unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, canola oil/extra virgin olive oil blend, sugar, salt, yeast, dough conditioner (wheat flour, vegetable monoglycerides, ascorbic acid, enzymes), cultured wheat starch (for added freshness).

Here are some potential negative impacts associated with the Trader Joe’s pizza dough ingredients:

Canola Oil/extra virgin olive oil blend:

  • High in Omega-6: Canola oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids, which can be inflammatory when consumed in excess.
  • Processing: Canola oil is often heavily processed, which may remove some of its natural nutrients.

Dough Conditioner (Wheat Flour, Vegetable Monoglycerides, Ascorbic Acid, Enzymes):

  • Trans Fats: Vegetable monoglycerides can contain small amounts of trans fats, which are associated with negative health effects when consumed in excess.
  • Processed Nature: Some individuals prefer to limit their intake of processed food additives like vegetable monoglycerides for overall health reasons.

Cultured Wheat Starch (for Added Freshness):

  • Processed Nature: Some individuals prefer to limit processed additives like cultured wheat starch.

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Why you will love this Copycat Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Recipe

  • Cost-Effective: Making pizza dough at home is more cost-effective than buying pre-made dough or ordering pizza from a restaurant. With just a few simple ingredients like flour, yeast, water, salt, and olive oil, you can create multiple pizza crusts for the price of one store-bought or fast-food pizza.
  • Healthier Ingredients: When you make your own pizza dough, you have control over the ingredients. You can choose whole grain flour for added fiber, use less salt, and opt for healthier fats like olive oil. This allows you to create a pizza crust that avoids preservatives like those in Trader Joe’s pizza dough ingredients.
  • Customization: Homemade pizza dough offers endless possibilities for customization. You can make a delicious calzone, thick or thin crust, herb pizza dough, or plain pizza dough, or even gluten-free pizza dough. Try this Greek Vegan Pizza for a delicious twist!
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Copycat Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough

Copycat Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Ingredients 

You can find the full printable recipe card including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, and nutrient information below.

Maple syrup – yep, this homemade pizza dough uses maple syrup instead of granulated sugar.

Active dry yeast – you can use a package or 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast.

Unbleached all purpose flour – preferably organic.

Sea salt – just a pinch for flavor.

Olive oil – to keep the dough from sticking to the bowl.

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Copycat Trader Joes Pizza Dough Ingredients

How to make Homemade Plant-based Pizza Dough

You can follow these simple steps for this plain dough. 

  • In a large bowl, add 3/4 cup warm water (100-110 degrees Fahrenheit). Add the yeast and maple syrup and gently stir. Let stand for 7-8 minutes.
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  • Add flour and salt to the yeast mixture and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms. It will be a gooey mess but don’t worry. Using your hands, put the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking. The dough will feel slightly sticky.
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  • Place the dough ball in a large bowl coated with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, turning to coat the top. Cover the greased bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until double in size, approximately 30-40 minutes.
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  • Punch down the dough and roll it into a round shape on a lightly greased pizza pan. This pizza sauce will take your custom homemade pizza to the next level. Add it and your favorite toppings for the best pizza ever and bake at 475 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
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Tips & Substitutions for Copycat Trader Joe’s pizza dough

  • The water temperature is very important for the yeast to activate. If the water is too hot, it can kill the yeast and prevent the dough from rising.  On the other hand, if the water is too cold, the yeast will not activate properly. Yeast is most active in temperatures between 100-110°F (37-43°C). I put room temperature water into a large bowl and microwave it for 10-20 seconds. I use a thermometer to check it. If you don’t have one, very hot tap water is typically the correct temp.
  • Try your pizza in different ways by making an herb dough. You can add garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, onion powder, and red pepper flakes for a ton of flavor.
  • Double or triple this recipe and freeze it so you will have pre-made pizza dough any time you want it.
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FAQ’s

How do you make homemade pizza in the oven?

You don’t need a pizza oven for homemade pizza. Making pizza in the oven is simple. The best method is to make sure your oven is preheated and very hot. I suggest heating the oven to 500°F or higher. Arrange a rack in the lower-middle part of the oven (if you have a baking stone, place it on the rack) and heat the oven to 500°F or higher.

Do you have to use a pizza stone?

No. You can use a cookie sheet, cake pan, or pizza pan. However, the ceramic material of a pizza stone holds heat more evenly than a metal baking sheet, and the porous surface draws water out of particularly wet areas of the dough as it cooks.  Also, when you preheat the stone, it gives the dough a strong burst of initial heat which causes the crust to puff.

A pizza stone is nice to have, however, I still use a metal pizza pan. I have both a pizza pan with holes (this one) and a solid pizza pan (this one). They are both amazing and give the pizza a crispy bottom while still allowing for a doughy, chewy edge.


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Can you put pizza dough in the fridge?

Yes! Refrigerating pizza dough is a practical storage method if you don’t plan to use it immediately. 

After allowing the pizza dough to rise fully, shape the dough into a ball or divide it into portions if needed. Then place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. This helps prevent the dough from drying out. Then, place the bowl in the refrigerator. You can also place it in a lightly oiled resealable bag or airtight container. 

Pizza dough can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to use the dough, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour. Allowing the dough to come to room temperature makes it more pliable for shaping. After the dough has rested, you can shape it into your desired pizza crust, add your favorite toppings, and bake according to your recipe instructions.

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Can you freeze pizza dough after it rises?

Yes, you can freeze pizza dough after it has risen. First, allow the pizza dough to rise fully as the recipe states.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air bubbles. Divide it into portions if you’d like to freeze smaller batches (for individual pizzas, for example), and shape each portion into a dough ball.

Next, place each ball of dough into a separate airtight freezer bag or wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Make sure to squeeze out any excess air before sealing the bags. Be sure to label and date the bags so you can easily identify them later. 

Then, place the wrapped dough balls in the freezer. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to use the dough, remove it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Alternatively, you can let it thaw on the counter for a few hours until it’s soft and pliable.

Once the dough is thawed, you can make your pizzas as usual. 

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Copycat Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Recipe

Upgrade your pizza night with this healthier, budget-friendly copycat Trader Joe's dough recipe! This homemade pizza dough is refined sugar free, uses basic pantry staples and freezes well for future use. Enjoy the soft and flavorful crust you love, made without the additives found in Trader Joe's pizza dough ingredients.  This plant-based pizza dough has a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside crust for the best pizza ever!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword copycat recipes, plant based pizza dough, trader joe’s pizza dough ingredients
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 pizza
Calories 135kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 oz package of active dry yeast
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour (preferably organic)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the maple syrup and yeast in 3/4 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F). Let stand for 7-8 minutes.
  • Add flour and salt to the yeast mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Dough will feel slightly sticky.
  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with olive oil, turning to coat the top. Cover with a towel and let rise in a draft-free spot until double in size, approximately 30-40 minutes.
  • Punch down the dough and roll into a 10-12 inch circle on a lightly greased pizza pan. Add your favorite toppings and bake at 475 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Notes

Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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25 Comments

    1. I have tried half white and half whole wheat and it was delicious. I have not tried other flours and would be concerned that they wouldn’t rise, especially oat flour. Let me know if you try another flour and how it works.

  1. 5 stars
    I have never tried to make my own pizza dough, even if I made pizza at home. I see that it is not as hard as I imagined to make pizza dough at home.

  2. 5 stars
    Well, I have always been wondering how to make pizza dough as my son keeps on asking me to prepare a homemade pizza. Your recipe would help me a lot and I would definitely try out.

  3. 5 stars
    Probably one of the best pizza doughs I’ve had (and certainly the best one I’ve made!). The dough rises nicely, bakes up perfectly and tastes delish – the maple syrup is a clever addition.

  4. This looks so good! I don’t often make homemade pizza but I would really like to so I’ll try this out! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I am always looking for good pizza dough, I’ve tried a dozen already…I can’t wait to try out your recipe, I am so excited about it.

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