Music for your Mouth: The Lemonheads

The Lemonheads remind me a lot of being in high school. A time when I was absorbing a LOT of music, much of it from before my time. The song at the bottom of this post was the first I ever heard from the band, and it got me interested enough to find some more tunes, which led me to some of their earlier, heavier stuff, such as the recommended blending song below. I’m pretty excited to spotlight this band, because they’re coming to Australia at the end of the year, and I’m going to see them! Yeehahhhh!

I guess this is kind of a strange dessert to match the Lemonheads – I don’t think they are really a raw dessert kind of band. Nevertheless, these tarts are a tasty treat. To be honest, I just thought it would be an easy lemon thing to make. I’m copping out already – on day two! Ahhhh…who cares, it is a delicious cop out at worst – I can live with that.

lemonheadsApart from setting time (and even then, they only really need about 45 mins), these are such a quick and simple dessert to whip up that is sure to impress any guests. The filling is super zesty and not too sweet, which is how I like my lemony desserts. The tarts have had the tick of approval from the Bear and the family, so they are definitely being added to the repertoire.

A song for you to drown out the whizzing of the blender:


Raw Lemon Tarts
(makes 3 tarts, maybe 4 if you use smaller tins)

1 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup medjool dates, pits removed
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of pink himalayan salt

1 cup cashews, soaked
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp agave nectar
Pinch of pink himalayan salt

Dash of turmeric for colour

Lemon zest and strawberry to garnish (optional)

Place pecans and walnuts in a blender or food processor and blend until they resemble coarse crumbs. Add dates, vanilla and salt and blend until the mixture holds together. Press into tart tins and put in the freezer to set.

Blend filling ingredients until smooth and creamy. The mixture should be pourable – add a little more coconut milk if necessary. Spread evenly amongst tart bases, then return to freezer to set.

Garnish with some extra lemon zest and strawberry.

lemonheads3As I said, this is the first Lemonheads song I ever heard, and it has always had a knack of sticking in my head for ages – I’m too much with myself, I wanna be someone else, I’m too much with myself, I wanna be someone else.

I love the little vocal harmony from Juliana Hatfield. The folky tune and smooth warm voice meant I could listen to it over and over and over. Sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious tunes.



  1. oh gosh the Lemonheads takes me back! Love these tarts, I might have them as one of my MoFo experiments for the kids πŸ˜‰

    1. Oh my goodness, then they will really be put to the test!

  2. Moon says:

    Could those LOOK any more perfect? And I totally agree, lemon treats should be more sour than sweet.

    These I HAVE to make.

    1. Aw, thanks Moon! Sourness is the best. I hope you enjoy these πŸ™‚

  3. I like the smaller recipe. These look great.

    1. Thanks Panda! My little tart tins are kind of a different size to what I’m used to – but it worked out well – one for me, one for the bear, and one to share!

  4. Oh my gosh what a moment of nostalgia! I think I only enjoyed a few of their songs but I definitely loved this one.

    1. Isn’t it crazy, they started out in 1986 (before I was born) and here they are playing in Australia at the end of the year. What a career!

  5. Ruby Rose says:

    I love my Drug Buddy… and those beautiful little tarts! Looking great xx

    1. Such a great song! Thanks Ruby Rose x x

  6. Ahhh the lemonheads, bringing back fond memories. You’ll have a great time when you go and see them. Your lemon tarts look delicious!

    1. Aren’t they great? I know, it’s going to be a blast from the past. x

  7. well I only have one lemonheads cd but I am digging it out – saw them live years ago and loved it – they remind me of my uni years – I think the song I really loved is It’s a shame about ray. My drug buddy is very smooth and dreamy sounding. Oh and I love your tarts – makes me laugh that this is your easy dish – seems quite challenging to me.

    1. Yesss, it’s a shame about ray is great! It’s funny how you can get so into bands and then let them completely drop off the radar for years. It’s so nice coming back to them and remembering all the words. Hehe – I guess it’s an easy one because the blender does all of the work πŸ˜‰

  8. Oh man! I am taking a raw food class and looking for tasty raw foods to impress my friends. This one looks like it fits the ticket.

    1. You’ll have to let me know how it goes down if you try it! πŸ™‚

  9. I love lemon tarts, I’ve never had a raw version but those look so good!!

    1. Thank you Caitlin! I think this was my first raw lemon tart too come to think of it.

  10. Kate says:

    These look so good, I adore raw tarts like this!

    1. Thanks Kate! These are the first raw tarts I’ve made, but definitely won’t be the last now. x

  11. Malitsu says:

    These look just like the bebe cakes I’m planning to post. Except they contain nuts and other healthy things, not just sugar and fat. πŸ˜›

    1. Haha, hey, can’t knock sugar and fat – we all know it makes things taste good. I look forward to the recipe πŸ˜‰

  12. shaheen says:

    I am so so making these, my husband loves lemony things and I recently made a raw vegan raspberry tart, so I know he will give these a thumbs up, thank you so much for the gorgeous recipe that is now BOOKMARKED

    1. Yay, thanks shaheen! You’ll have to let me know how you go πŸ™‚

  13. Lea says:

    9 years ago as a 16 year old I’d lie in bed and listen to My Drug Buddy on repeat for HOURS. They’re really nice live, too πŸ™‚

    1. It’s such a good song isn’t it? I can’t wait to see them live, I hope they play it too!

  14. rika@vm says:

    Haha, love the reference to Lemonheads! These are some tasty petite raw β€˜lemonhead’ tarts, Caeli! Love love love! I need to try to make some raw lemony tarts soon!

    1. Thank you! Yes you definitely should, I hope you enjoy them too πŸ™‚

  15. Cate says:

    these are such a beautiful colour! Lovely

    1. Thanks Cate! I think they were even quite pretty without the turmeric, but I think the dash of colour gave them a bit more oomph.

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