Yummy mandala bowl with starfruit and kiwi

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."

Want to learn how to make your own "nice cream"? Simply drop a frozen banana (and whatever other ingredients you want) into a food processor and blend until it reaches a froyo-like consistency.

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.

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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An art student inspired by "clean eating" creates ephemeral fruit mandalas that are as tasty as they are beautiful.