All photos: Amalia Bussard
After embarking on her "clean eating" journey five years ago, art student Amalia Bussard realized it was only a matter of time before she would combine her love of art and food — and the resulting fruit mandalas are as tasty as they are beautiful.
"My drive to share these food art mandalas with the world stems from a deep desire to inspire people," Bussard explains. "With a little guidance, we are all capable of living a healthy, wholesome lifestyle!"
These meticulous mandalas are comprised of a colorful variety of fruits, nuts, seeds and other garnishes, all of which are usually assembled atop a bed of vegan "nice cream." This homemade ice cream alternative is made from bananas, and according to Bussard, it's "magical and life-changing."
Like ice cream, this frozen banana magic melts the longer it stays out at room temperature, so Bussard must work quickly when creating her mandalas. No more than 10-15 minutes is spent decorating and photographing each bowl, or else it will just devolve into a soupy mess.
"This whole process of creating my bowls is meditative and very therapeutic for me, so I tend to do it everyday," Bussard tells MNN. "Not to mention I'm left with a delicious and nourishing meal after I'm done!"
In the bowl above, we have banana-beet-raspberry nice cream topped with kiwi, star fruit, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut and cacao nibs.
Continue below for more mandala bowls, or check out Bussard's Instagram, The Wholesome Bowl, to follow her journey as a food artist.
Yin yang made of nice cream, topped with pomegranate rubies, almonds, blueberries and coconut.
Chocolate dark cherry banana nice cream topped with blueberries, buckwheat, raspberries, pomegranate rubies, almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and goji berries
Spirulina-wheatgrass banana nice cream topped with watermelon, dark cherries, pomegranate rubies, frozen blueberries, coconut, buckinis and goji berries.
Nice cream with pomegranate rubies, almonds, coconut, cacao nibs, buckwheat and goji berries
Pineapple-banana smoothie with ginger, green grapes and wheatgrass powder, topped with green apples, green grapes, fresh pineapple, almonds, coconut, goji berries and pumpkin seeds.
Nice cream with bananas, almonds, goji berries, cacao nibs, sunflower seeds, goji berries and pomegranate rubies
Raspberry-banana-beet root nice cream topped with persimmon, banana, goji berries, kiwi, buckinis, coconut, cacao nibs and chocolate covered hemp seeds
Banana-ginger-beet-raspberry nice cream topped with kiwi berries, buckwheat, cacao nibs, almonds, goji berries and a yin yang of coconut
Banana-blueberry-ginger nice cream topped with clementine, kiwi, almonds, goji berries, pomegranate rubies, pumpkin seeds and coconut.
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