Seeds of Rebellion

a recipe for feeling good

The History of Seeds of Rebellion

When I was 17 and leaving home in 1960, my mother, Poly- Ash, invented this stuff to help me get proper nutrition. She sent me a half-pound box of it every week for about a year. (Thanks, Mother. May angels attend thee in Paradise, and the martyrs sit at your feet.) I named it Seeds of Rebellion because it made me feel so good, and wrote a song about it in 1965, which I sang in a coffee house called The Last Exit, at the bottom of North Beach in San Francisco. The song was a flop because everybody in there was on drugs. They thought I was talking about revolution and they were too tired.

Get yourself a little electric coffee or seed mill. I recently wore out yet another one and went shopping. I found my very favorite one of all time at WalMart. It is called Custom Grind, by Hamilton Beach. It is well worth the few extra dollars it costs. Take it home and label it in permanent marker: THE UN-COFFEE GRINDER. This will help you to remember not to use it for coffee. Show it to everyone in the house, especially the coffee drinkers, and growl, “See this?” Make it known that it is worth their life to use it for coffee. (If anyone reading this doesn’t understand that I am joking about that, please immediately exit this page and go to, where you will not need to do any critical thinking.)

Next, get a supply of the following. Amounts are for a starter supply to see if you like the stuff.

4 ounces each (all whole, raw and unsalted, please)

chia seed (here’s why it’s the backbone of the mix)
unhulled brown or black sesame seed (health value)
shelled raw sunflower seed (health value)
flax seed (health value)
pumpkin seed (health value)

milk thistle seed (optional)
poppy seed (optional)
hemp seed (optional)
rice bran, aka rice polish (optional)

bee pollen (optional)

8 ounces each

date sugar (this is dried, ground dates) (optional)**
almonds (raw, shelled) (optional)
(I am not currently using these last two items in my Seeds of Rebellion mix. Instead I am making almond milk and getting my almonds that way.)

1 ounce each (whole leaf if possible)

alfalfa leaf
dried nettles

How to make it

Take a 1/2 cup measure and place in a bowl one measure each of all the seeds (I am actually using 2 measures of chia now), one-third of a measure each of rice bran and bee pollen if you are using them, 2 measures each of dates and almonds, and one measure each of the alfalfa and nettle leaves. Stir well. Keep it in the refrigerator. To use, place 2-3 tablespoons in your UN-COFFEE mill. Grind until almonds are finely chopped. Some almonds may not want to. Eat them.

I recommend grinding right before serving, because when you grind a seed it begins to lose food value immediately, within a couple of minutes. Use an ounce (2 T) or more over fresh fruit, cereal, or yogurt, or mix with a tiny amount of honey and nut butter and coat with coconut for a pickup snack. Don’t cook it! The value is in the raw state. Eat some Seeds of Rebellion every day and you’ll feel like changing the world. It’s sort of a greenish gray when ground; don’t let the color put you off ~ it’s pretty good stuff. You can vary the amounts to suit your tastes, of course, but I recommend using some of all the basics.

* You probably won’t be able to find the chia seed in your local store. You can get chia seed wholesale from Nuts Online. There are other sources on the internet now, as the tremendous food value of chia is rediscovered.

Chia has more omega-3 than flax!!


I buy chia seed and all the rest except the nettles and alfalfa from Nuts Online. They carry all the ingredients including the hard-to-find items like rice bran, hemp seeds, poppy seeds, and black sesame, so it’s super convenient. The quality is top-notch, prices reasonable, packaging is professional, shipping is fast, and their attitude is just a pleasure. I recommend them highly.

I get the nettles and alfalfa, c/s (cut and sifted), by the pound from, which is a fantastic resource for all kinds of fascinating stuff.

Please note: I have decided to stop selling Seeds of Rebellion for now. There is just too much on my plate to continue doing this. I don’t plan to have it made and packaged, because I think it should be made up fresh and not sit in a warehouse or get dragged around the country in a truck.

Oh, by the way, you know those energy bars, chewy and gooey mixtures of various fruits, nuts, and other good stuff? I invented them in 1959. That was even before we knew about chia. Every week I ground up, in my mother’s old clamp-on meat grinder, several pounds of raisins, dried apricots, figs, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. I mixed it all up and made it into little patties, rolled them in sesame seeds, and sold them all at the weekly distribution meeting of the Organic Foods Co-op that my parents and some other friends started in somebody’s basement in Berkeley. It was a lot of work and after a year I was tired of it. I guess someone commercialized it. Good for them.

My latest version, since I discovered that oat bran is no longer good for me:

Grind fine in the Un-Coffee Mill:

2 coffee measures of Seeds of Rebellion

1 scant measure of Richard Schulze’s Superfood Plus

1 Tablespoon Bio-energy Ribose (contributes to energy production)

2 raw Cacao Beans

Put the resulting powder in a bowl and add:

1/4 cup Sesame Tahini

1 Tablespoon Honey
Mix very well with a sturdy spoon. Eat slowly. This with a cup of hot tea makes a fabulous breakfast.

** Sweeteners: Stevia leaf, to taste, can be substituted for date sugar if you like. Be careful! It’s extremely sweet! The white powder stevia extract is even sweeter! PS: I don’t use the date sugar any more because Hubby was a diabetic. We decided we didn’t like stevia any more either, and I think all artificial sweeteners are poisons. We switched to xylitol, which is a sugar but processed differently by the body so it is diabetic-safe. I get it from Nuts Online. There is another new diabetic-safe sweetener out there called erythritol, but it is very expensive and I haven’t tried it.

A note about poppy and hemp seeds: Poppy seeds and hemp seeds are foods, NOT drugs. However, they are related in a distant way to the related drugs. I don’t know about hemp seeds, but I do know that eating poppy seeds, even a dozen of them, can cause you to fail a drug screen. If you are going for a drug screen and you know you have had poppy seeds, be sure to tell this to the nurse or technician and make them write it on the paper!

My personal feeling is this: I like poppy and hemp seeds and feel they are an important food source. I do use them sometimes in the Seeds of Rebellion and I am NOT going to be intimidated about it. I used to write on any job application where there was a drug screen (aka: intrusive invasion of privacy), that I ate poppy seeds on a regular basis. No one has the right to tell me that I may not eat them, and if I fail a drug screen because of poppy or hemp seeds (I don’t use drugs so there would be no other reason) I will get a lawyer. But then, I have rather strong feelings on the subject of personal rights. To each his own.


Nancy Adams, LMT
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Note: “Seeds of Rebellion” is a trademark owned by Nancy Adams, LMT, and the text on this page is copyright 2007-2010 by Nancy Adams, LMT. No reproduction except for personal use without written permission. Links to this page are welcome.

The “health value” of some of the seeds are links to a fantastic site I found when I wanted to update this page and give more information as to WHY all those things are in the Seeds of Rebellion.

Necessary Disclaimer: Your use of this recipe and Seeds of Rebellion is solely your own decision and Nancy Adams, LMT, specifically denies any responsibility for your feeling better as a result. LOL